Helloooo lovelies! Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going so far?
Let me tell you, I went a little crazy today, but in my defense I needed it. Work was just very…not fun and fresh today. Not that it was bad per say, but it could’ve been better, but I digress. A little back story: my 25th birthday was last Monday and, instead of buying me a gift my boyfriend took me to dinner the Friday before and gave me $100 to buy whatever books I want. In his defense, he works a lot and doesn’t really have time to spend looking for the “perfect gift”, I’m honestly not complaining haha. I think he’s a total keeper.
With that being said! I always write my most anticipated releases down in my planner and, while The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi did come out on January 15, I chose to wait for a day when a bunch of my anticipated reads hit the shelves…which just so happened to be Tuesday! I went straight to the bookstore after work and checked the shelves before going right up to the lovely people at the customer service desk and asking if they had the three remaining books I was looking for. Usually they don’t have all of them, but I guess Lady Luck was on my side and the nice bookstore worker came out holding all three books, making him my second favorite person of the day (next to my generous boyfriend, of course haha).
So you’re probably wondering, Adrianne, WHAT DID YOU GET?!?! I’m sorry I’ve made you wait this long to find out! Excluding my Owlcrate copy of The Gilded Wolves, I bought the following:
1.) The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson: So this is the sequel to one of my favorite reads of
2018. I really loved Truly Devious because it was just…such a FUN read. I’m hoping
that this sequel is going to live up to the foundation that the first novel set up. I don’t want to give any spoilers away for this sequel, so here’s a bit of a summary: Stevie Bell is a true-crime addict who’s been admitted to the famous Ellingham Academy, a school for the “brightest thinkers, inventors, and artist” where the students learn about what they want to at their pace. Even before she arrives at the school she is aware of the murder that went on shortly after the school opened, and she’s determined to solve it…but things get a bit complicated when it seems as though there’s a copy cat murderer stirring up trouble in the present day.
2.) Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler: This one caught my attention not too long ago, admittedly. It sounded right up my alley in regards to fantasy series and, I’m not going to lie it was a bit of a cover buy… Here’s the synopsis!
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service—she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.
Doesn’t that sound good? What do you guys think?
3.) Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Another sequel buy. Honestly, most of this haul is sequels. I read Unearthed by this lovely writer duo last January and I had a lot of fun! I’m not going to spoil it for you by posting the synopsis of this sequel so here’s another Adrianne Summary (insert a trademark here haha) of the first book, Unearthed:
Baaaaasically Earth intercepts a strange message from an alien race that seems like everything they’ve been waiting for as far as undoing environmental damage (don’t they wish omg). With that said our main characters are polar opposites. On one side we have Jules who is a scholar that just wants to study the alien race known as the Undying. On the other we have Amelia who is a scavenger/bounty hunter in search of an easy buck. They have to get through a series of boogie traps and riddles to get to the secret of the Undying but…will it actually HELP the human race or end it?
4.) Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen: The last sequel in my little birthday haul. This is the second novel in the Elementae series, the first of which is Reign the Earth. I didn’t know how to feel about this first novel when I read it to be honest, I felt that it needed a trigger warning or something, but I ended up giving it a 3.75/5 stars (I have a full review on my Goodreads). This second installment follows a different character, so I don’t think sharing the synopsis will spoil anything?
Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.
But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.
Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.
All in all I’d say this was a pretty good haul right? I feel so spoiled. Now I just need to find the space for these on my shelves…It may be time for an un-haul! Would you guys be interested in seeing which books I donate? Let me know! And definitely let me know if you were/are excited for any of these!