It’s time for another book haul! I haven’t posted anything for August, but believe me when I say I bought a lot of books. Some I’m currently reading and others I’m hoping to get to pretty soon.
However, I have gotten a lot of books for September and so I decided to split my haul into two; one for the physical books I got and one for the electronic ones I got to keep the post length down.
I got these books from Outland which is a Norwegian book/comic/manga/fandom store similar to Forbidden Planet in the UK. They have a pretty big SFF book section that I tend to be drawn to, and in September they had various themed days and I managed to venture into it on the day where the books were discounted (which, was an amazing coincidence on my part, I was only going there to get one book).
Anyway, lets get onto the books I got!
The first book I got, I came across because of Kaitlin‘s video where she had received the sequel in the series and I thought the premise of the first book sounded so interesting that I just had to have it;
In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.
This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.
Have a quick ten years. . . .
The second book I got, I’ll admit that I got for 2 reasons; 1) it was in the recently arrived/released section and 2) the cover really drew me in and when I read the back blurb… Well, it sounds like something right up my alley without getting too heavy with the Sci-Fi.
Life sucks and then you die…
In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…
The next book I got, was the book that actually had me going to the bookstore in the first place. I’ve been making some progress (at long last) into the Lunar Chronicles, making my way through Cinder and Scarlet and I’m about halfway through Cress. Because I found that I really enjoyed reading the shorter stories in the Darkest Minds universe by Alexandra Bracken I decided I wanted to do the same for the Lunar Chronicles as well and with Fairest I now have all of them.
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is 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.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Emma Newman and I really wanted to check out some of her books, they didn’t have any of The Split Worlds books which I really wanted to get, but they did have Brother’s Ruin which I saw in one of SFF180‘s Mailbag Monday’s videos and thought sounded interesting then so I decided to go ahead and get it. I’m still planning to pick up The Split Worlds but I might use Book Depository for that.
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben’s life and their own livelihoods.
But Benjamin Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.
When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.
Brother’s Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.
I’ve had this particular book on my list for awhile, both finding the premise really interesting but also being slightly wary because I suspect it’ll end with a broken heart. I’ve been meaning to get to Neal Shusterman for a good while now and decided that this new release was a good time to do so, but yeah, I’m fully expecting to walk away from this one broken hearted.
Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
This next book I can’t fully recall how I heard about, it might have been Kaitlin, SFF180 or just me randomly browsing GoodReads lists, but what I do know is that I added it to my “want to read” list on GR and I was using that to see if I wanted to get anything else while at the store when I came across this one and because it sounded interesting I decided to get the first one. I do know that there’s a series that goes ahead of this, but according to an answer on GR you can apparently read book 1 to 2 in this series before worrying about spoilers about the next series and by then I ought to know if I want to pick the other series up or not.
The incredible story that fans of The Sun Sword series have been waiting to read-the battle for control of House Terafin-from a writer of “talent and depth.”*
Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess- Jay to her friends-meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath’s home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums: the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, and soon Rath and Jay will find themselves targets of these unstoppable beings.
That’s all from me for now, let me know if any of these books sound interesting to you and whether you’ve read any of these and what you thought (no spoilers please)! I’m going to be following up with a post next Sunday with the ebooks I got so look forward to that. I am considering reviewing Cinder so if that’s of interest do let me know!
Until next time!