So it’s that time of the month again where I have to hang my head in shame and introduce myself like this: ‘hello, my name is Kirsty and I’m a book addict’. You know how I said in my September book haul that I was going to try to buy only a few books in October? Well, the key word there is ‘try’. Because I really did try… I just failed… Epically.
I don’t even know what happened. One second, I had only bought four and then the next thing I know, I have a pile of twenty-five books just waiting to be hauled. So here we go then… Here is the list of books that I bought in October:
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.
After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in, After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.
Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his Partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.
The Illuminae Files #1
The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.
Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.
As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it;s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is that they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.
It’s 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it’s Sarah’s first day of school as one of the first black students at previously all-white Jefferson High.
No one wants Sarah there. Not the Governer. Not the teachers. And certainly not the students – especially Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist.
Sarah and Linda are supposed to despise each other. But the more time they spend together, the less their differences matter. And both girls start to feel something they’ve never felt before. Something they’re determined to ignore.
Because it’s one thing to stand up to an unjust world – but another to be terrified of what’s in your own heart.
Henry Page is a film buff and a hopeless romantic. He’s waiting for that slo-mo, heart-palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t sleep kind of love that he’s seen in the movies. So the last person he expects to fall in love with is Grace.
Grace Town is not your normal leading lady. She dresses is oversized men’s clothing, smells like she hasn’t washed in weeks and walks with a cane. She’s nobody idea of a dream girl, but Henry can’t stop thinking about her.
There’s something broken about Grace; a small part of her soul is cracked from the secrets in her past. Henry wants nothing more than to put her back together again, but will she let him?
The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Majorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home dissolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long buried-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface – and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.
Ramshackle and crumbling, trapped in the past and resisting the future, St Saviour’s Infirmary, awaits demolition. Within its stinking ward and cramped corridors, the doctors bicker and fight. Ambition, jealousy, and hatred seethe beneath the veneer of professional courtesy. Always an outsider, and with a secret of her own to hide, apothecary Jem Flockhart observes everything, but says nothing.
And then six tiny coffins are uncovered, inside each a handful of dried flowers and a bundle of mouldering rags. When Jem comes across these strange relics hidden the infirmary’s old chapel, her quest to understand their meaning prises open a long-forgotten past – with fatal consequences.
A Court of Thrones and Roses #2
After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae, But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.
As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.
She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
Chaos Walking #1
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Pretisstown.
But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Which is impossible.
Prentisstown has been lying to him.
And now he’s going to have to run…
There is a treasure here for every reader: a man who reliving exactly the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbors which reaches an explosive climax.
Game of Thrones #7
The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.
In the King’s Landing the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, awaits trial, abandoned by all those she trusted; while in the eastern city of Yunkai her brother Tyrion has been sold as a slave. From the Wall, having left his wife and the Red Priestess Melisandre under the protection of Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon marches south to confront the Boltons at Winterfell. But beyond the Wall, the wilding armies are massing for an assault…
On all sides, bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skin changes, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.
Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?
For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.
Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey’s only priority – until strangers arrive and everything changes…
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school.
I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too- sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs.
Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change.
Because sometimes when you meet someone, the whole universe just comes into focus.
Chaos Walking #2
We are the choices we make…
Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.
Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.
But what secrets are hiding just outside of the town?
And where is Viola? Is she even still alive?
And who are the mysterious Answer?
And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…
Snow barely remember a time before she was locked in a psychiatric hospital. But when the love of her life disappears in the night, Snow must follow a mysterious stranger into a magical frozen world to find him.
Amidst witched, thieves and spells, secrets unravel as Snow discovers she is heir to this world’s corrupt and twisted king.
And she has great ice powers of her own.
Now Snow faces choices that will decide the fate of a kingdom – and if she can ever return to the life she knew before.
Red Rising #3
Darrow is the Reaper of Mars.
Born to toil, carved to fight, destined to lead.
But he is a broken man.
Exposed as a Red in a world ruled by Golds,
he has been captured and tormented until he is
something less than human.
And yes, he is humanity’s last chance.
In facing a godlike, ruthless enemy, he must call on every last ounce of strength to prove that loyalty, friendship, and love are more powerful than any cold-hearted machine of war,
He has been the first Red, then Gold. Now, he must transcend them all. He must become the hero his people believe he is.
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her whilst two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.
An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane?
When an Italian servant stops sending letters to his wife in London, she is convinced he has been murdered.
In the darkened bedroom of a mouldering palazzo by the Grand Canal, an English lord sickens and suddenly died.
How are these little mysteries connected? Spend the night in Room 14 of Venice’s finest hotel, and find out the truth – if you dare…
In every generation on the Island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown. All possessed of a coveted magic.
Mirabella, a fierce elemental, can spark hungry flames with the click of a finger.
Katharine, a poisoner, is known to be resistant to the deadliest of snake bites.
Arsinoe, a naturalist, is rumoured to have te ability to bloom the reddest of roses.
But becoming the Queen Crowned is not just a matter of royal birth. These three sisters must fight to the death for the throne, and on the night they turn sixteen the battle begins. One one queen can inherit the crown.
The Illuminae Files #2
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
Hanna is the captain’s pampered daughter. Nik is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. While the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the Jump Station Heimdall, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right towards them carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
Hanna and Nik and thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia – and possibly the known universe – is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
In February 1941 British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Churchill has been executed, the King is in the Tower and the SS are in Whitehall…
For nine months Britain has been occupied – a blitzed, depressed and dingy country. However, it’s ‘business as usual’ at Scotland Yard run by the SS when Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to a routine murder case. Life must go on.
But when SS Standartenfuhrer Huth arrives from Berlin with orders from the great Himmler himself to supervise the investigation, the resourceful Archer finds himself caught up in a high-level, all-action, espionage battle.
Half Bad #1
You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a Witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but you love Annalise, who is one.
You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you’ve got to do us escape, find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys.
And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
When your country doesn’t want you there, how do you know where you belong?
Jasmine de los Santos has been pushed by her immigrant parents to overachieve and be the best she can be. She’s thrilled to be named a finalist for a big college scholarship. But when she brings home the paperwork, she learns that she and her family are in the country illegally.
As Jasmine’s world shatters around her, she rebels, trying to make sense of herself – who is she? Is she American? Illegal? Something in between? Jasmine decides to accept the award anyway and goes to Washington D.C., where she meets Royce Blakely, the handsome son of a Republican congressman. As she fights for her very identity, Jasmine finds help in unexpected places and struggles to figure out where she belongs.
Chaos Walking #3
Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others.
Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape.
As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there even be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?
But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge…
Game of Thrones #1 (Illustrated Edition)
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Congratulations if you got to the end of this post, you deserve a medal. October and killed my bank account so I’m going to try (yes, really TRY this time) to not buy hardly any books in November. It is my birthday in November and I know that I’ll be getting a few books so I’ll be posting a birthday haul post where I show you guys the books that I got for my birthday. And then I’ll do my normal monthly book haul which – hopefully – won’t have that many books on it!