It was my birthday yesterday and I turned 21… I wasn’t excited AT ALL and loads of people kept asking me ‘why?’ I didn’t know, all I knew is that I wasn’t bothered at all for my ‘milestone birthday’. The thing that I was looking forward to, however, was that I knew I was going to be receiving some books off my parents and I wanted to see which ones they had chosen to get me.
So without further ado, these are the thirteen books that I received for my birthday:
This book features characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and The Dark Artifices – among others – and in this very special illustrated collection, showcases beautiful portraits alongside never-before-known details about all your favourite characters from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters’ world.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family.
Daughter of executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.
Now Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison, and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
She must become her.
Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…
In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories – the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose – together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.
The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.
Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an Uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.
But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mill’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together, they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who may be able to see ghosts, too… and who promises to help them. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, and she was stealing magic from the land. The Wizard was back, too. Even Glinda could no longer be called The Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They had joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. They gave me a mission:
Except my job as an assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.
Now. I have to:
Destroy the road of yellow brick
Save my home
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak – to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up ti a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feeling. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. The sickness catches up with her. Aza is lost to our world – and found by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power – and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza’s hands lies the whole of humanity – including the boy who loves her.
Where do her loyalties lie?
Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:
In Victorian Times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their soul. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?
Spicy Little Curses
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.
Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.
When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels.
But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk… Laia’s very life is at stake.
There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realise that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
We fight for the books!
Our goal: to make people excited about reading To Kill a Mockingbird
Our (somewhat questionable) methods: to make the book disappear (because wanting what you can’t have is the American Way, right?)
What happens (depending on who you ask): a ukulele concert, a cure for cancer, flying caskets, Santa Claus with a big axe, big league home runs, a million conspiracy theories… and a nationwide epidemic of vanishing novels!
We really meant the whole thing to stay small. Or smallish. Or at least manageable. The World Wide Web has different ideas. But we regret nothing! We just didn’t expect it to get so big. Turns out love and books and a bus pass and the Internet are a volatile combination.
Throne of Glass Novellas
Celaena Sardothian owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassin’s Guild and taught her skills she needed to survive.
Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever.
Harry Potter Illustrated Edition series #1
Harry Potter’s life changes forever on his eleventh birthday when beetle-eyed giant Rubeus Hagrid delivers a letter and some astonishing news. Harry Potter is no ordinary boy: he’s a wizard. And an extraordinary adventure is about to begin…
So there we have it guys! Those are the books that I got for my birthday yesterday! I will be doing a November book haul as well, as there are a few books that I did get this month, but I will not be including these books in my November haul post.
Did any of these books catch your attention? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Leave a comment below!