Book Haul Miscellaneous

Yesterday, I shared some #booksfortrade hauls from the past couple of weeks.  Today I plan to share the rest of my book hauls from various places, including my library’s book sale, Toys R Us closing sale, Owlcrate, Amazon, and work.

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Recent #booksfortrade Book Haul

It’s been a bit busy for me, and I haven’t made the time to blog about any of my recent book hauls, which is a shame as I have received some truly amazing books!  So, I decided to break them into a couple of posts to keep size down.  Here’s section one with all the books I’ve received through trade!

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Recent Book Hauls! BookOutlet, Trades, ARCs

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Today was a great day for mail!  My BookOutlet order came in with lovely books for both my library and for my Secret Sister (not shown because that would spoil the surprise!), and a couple of #booksfortrade came in.  Plus a book from Blue Rider Press (Penguin/Random House).  Thank you everyone who made this possible 🙂  I have so much to look forward to!

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Book Haul: Weregirl by C.D. Bell

Over the weekend, I was delighted to find this shiny blue envelope waiting for me in my mailbox.  Inside was an ARC of Weregirl by C.D. Bell, which I had won through a Shelf Awareness contest.  I had actually seen this at BEA16 originally, but was unable (due to time) to learn any more about it.  It’s due out on November 1st from Chooseco and has favorable reviews over on GoodReads already.  Looks like a fun read!

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August Book Haul (2016)

Last month wasn’t a great month for finishing books, but my collection did grow with several new titles.  This month was a little crazier in that area than usual as I went on vacation and visited two Hastings (since the chain is going out of business), won a couple contests, participated in a blog tour, received a galley through the AceRocStars, picked up some winter galleys, and HarperCollins sent a huge box of galleys to the office.

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Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut's Windlass

Paperback, 751 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Roc (first published September 29th 2015)
You may recall that I’m participating in the AceRocStars street team program, and this book was one of the earlier galleys they sent out.  I’ve really wanted to read it ever since I finished reading the prologue, which introduced Gwen as she battled her mother in a flurry of words and gauntlet blasts.  What a way to introduce a character!  But then we shifted gears to Captain Grimm, and it took me a little while to warm up to him.  When I start a new series, they usually seem a little slow at the beginning until the author finds his/her rhythm.

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Throwback Thursday: Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!) Creative Must (Does something different really well.) I had to stay up last night just to finish this book. While the beginning was a little slow with world-building, the pace quickly grabbed my...

R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)

Creative Must (Does something different really well.)

I had to stay up last night just to finish this book. While the beginning was a little slow with world-building, the pace quickly grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. As a humorous breakdown of horror stereotypes in a MG novel, the characters really came to life.  Majordomo-the Frankenstein monster, Cook and her son Angus-minotaurs, Serenissima-she’s completely unique, and Pins-a voodoo doll come to life.  Here’s what you need to know about this book!

Pros:
Great characterization and well-rounded cast
Main character had to confront a bully, but she had great support from friends
Catch more flies with honey not vinegar trope well-used
Twisted horror tropes
Firm conclusion with space for a sequel (NOT a cliff-hanger ending)
Fun art throughout
Enjoyable for all ages

Cons:
Beginning was a little slow to set the stage
The tasks and Board of Magic were a bit confusing at times

This is definitely a title every library should have, and it should be added to bully prevention lists for its portrayal of support.

 

Reviewed from an uncorrected proof.

Throwback Thursday: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

Rose and the Lost Princess (Rose, #2)

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)

Creative Must (Does something different really well.)

*This review was part of a blog tour when the book first came to America*

Welcome to the last stop on the Rose and the Lost Princess blog tour!  I reviewed this book from an ARC through NetGalley and was contacted by the publisher to be a part of the blog tour.   I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity and would like to reward my followers with a giveaway!  The publisher will send a final copy to 1 winner, who will be chosen one week from today (May 25, 2014).  I will randomly chose someone from my followers list, so make sure to follow me 🙂

Rose and the Lost Princess starts immediately where Rose left off in the scene where Rose is trying to relax in the drawing room with the other rescued children, just before Mr. Fountain offers to take Rose as an apprentice.  She accepts on the condition that she keep her job as housemaid; however, the staff treats her differently (except Bill) and the townsfolk are scared and angry at all magicians for the actions of one.

Holly Webb did a fantastic job at carrying her story fluidly from one book to the next.  I enjoyed digging a little deeper into the life and work of Mr. Fountain at the palace while also getting to know a bit more about the royal family, and the princesses in particular.  This book was fun to read, but I think that older readers (and adults) would find it more enjoyable if sharing it with a younger reader.  Webb knows how to move the story along, and the read will be quick, so make sure you can read it all in one sitting!