Book Haul! | July 2019

Once again, a very modest month of book buying. Mostly because hardly any buying was done (and publishers have been kind, letting me catch up on the enormous number of books I already have to read. That being said, I still have five books to show you today!

Somehow, I have two audiobooks to show you. I’m not quite sure how this has happened because I only buy one a month but *shrug* here we are. Let’s dive in!


RECEIVED

The Good Thieves
by Katherine Rundell

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When the letters first arrived from her beloved grandfather—the shaking, green-inked letters, full of bewildered anger at the loss of his ancestral home and the priceless jewels within it—Vita and her mother took the next boat to New York. And now that she’s here, Vita has only one goal: To break into Hudson Hall and steal back what the sinister Basil Sowotore took from her family.

But to do so, she needs a plan, a weapon, and faith in the pickpockets, trapeze-artists, and animal-tamers she has met along the way. With her troupe behind her, Vita attempts the most daring heist the city has ever seen. But will she succeed?

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This was the only book I received in July and I’ve already read it! I love Katherine Rundell, and I couldn’t have been more pleased that Bloomsbury sent a copy my way. I think I’ve read most of her books now, even though they’re middle-grade fiction. This was  fun and mystery/action-filled with some wonderful characters and a circus!


BOUGHT

Daughter of the Pirate King
by Tricia Levenseller

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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map–the key to a legendary treasure trove–seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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There was a very specific reason for me buying this book. I was so close to getting a gold membership at my local bookstore and I just needed to buy one more book to do so. So, voila! I’ve had my eye on this beauty for quite some time because the title is intriguing and the plot sounds fun!

Soul of the Sword
by Julie Kagawa

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One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

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I’m super excited to have bought this! This felt like my one genuine treat this month. It’s the sequel to Shadow of the Fox which I LOVED last year. This is probably one of my most anticipated releases for this year – so much so, that I don’t even want to read it because I want it to last. Which is ridiculous logic, but there we go.


 AUDIOBOOKS

Predator’s Gold
by Philip Reeve

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Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

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I listened to Mortal Engines, book one in this series, via audiobook and really enjoyed it! So I’m looking forward (when I eventually finished Outlander book five, which I’ve been stuck on for SO LONG – it’s 60 hours long) to reading this one and hoping it’s as good as the first!

Circe
by Madeline Miller

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

 

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I’m also itching to read this! SO many people have recommend Miller’s previous book, The Song of Achilles, to me but I’ve just never gotten around to picking up the book. That was why I decided to try the audiobook for this one. A retelling/reimagining of the Circe myth, I sure don’t want to miss out on this!


That’s a wrap!

Have you read any of these? What did you think!


Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~

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