september book haul – 2018

well hello. hi. how are ya? it’s been a very long time since i’ve done a book haul. i actually haven’t been buying books because i don’t read. i’ve been in a huge reading slump since i started this whole author thing. i don’t remember the last fictional book i read tbh. but umm i’ve been wanting to read again so here we are =) let’s get started okuuuurrrrrr

26856502Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.


29386918Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis: Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?


35403058City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab

Genre: Middle Grade, Paranormal, Fantasy

Synopsis: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


39088508Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Genre: Poetry, Short Stories

Synopsis: Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.

Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.

***thanks you Hachette Books and Nikita Gill for sending me a finished copy


41154741Lemon Acuarelas by Chyenne Raine

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: cheyenne raine explores the themes of culture, faith, love, and more in a bilingual collection of poetry. lemon acuarelas is soaked in light and things that feel both sweet and sour.







42141361By The Thread of My Heart: A Poetry Collection by Nicki Naomi

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: ‘By the Thread of My Heart’ is self-love, honesty and the beauty of what it is to be a woman. It is the belief in the magic that happens when we stop hurting and begin healing. The shift changing occurrences that happen when we begin to own exactly who we are. This collection of prose and poetry also contains a series of letters written to Love. Personifying it and speaking to it in its truest form. This is a collection based on the personal life experiences of Nicki Naomi as she continues to remain vulnerably open to growth.



and done! i am excited for all these books. i keep eyeing vengeful though because vicious was an ultimate fave and i have been waiting YEARS for this second book. i had received the owlcrate special edition and schwab wrote a note for the readers, she mentioned some new characters that i cannot wait to read more about. any of these books on your tbr or to be hauled pile? let’s chat in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “september book haul – 2018

  1. Oh I just finished reading Vengeful today and I loved it, I hope you really enjoy it as well Gretchen. If you’ve been in a bit of a reading slump I’m sure that will be the book to get you out of it. It was ages to wait between Vicious and Vengeful but it was definitely worth it (if there’s a third book let’s hope that wait isn’t that long all over again).
    I also hope you enjoy City of Ghosts and Wildcard (both of which I’ve read and really enjoyed too). The second half of this year seems to be filled with amazing book releases, it’s just finding the time for them all. 😀
    Great post, and happy reading. 🙂 ❤

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    • thanks so much beth!!! i’m so happy to hear that you loved vengeful because that makes me more excited. i’m actually about to read a recap for vicious to then crack open vengeful!!! yay to city of ghosts and wildcard!! i’m so happy for these releases

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  2. Hey stranger! I hope you come out of your slump soon. With this stack of books, I’m sure you’ll be back to reading in no time 🙂

    My copy of Vengeful arrived this week! I am excited to dive in. Going to try and squeeze it in this month. Fingers crossed!

    I read City of Ghosts last month and adored it. A delightful little middle grade book! I’ve seen many people say they were disappointed in it, but I think many people forget this is a MG book and NOT a YA book…

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    • amanda!!! hope you’re doing well!

      i hope you like vengeful! schwab has a way with words!

      and i did catch those same reviews with city of ghosts which kinda got me mad because the book is middle grade! i’m sure i’ll love it and find it very cute


  3. Oh haiiiiii Gretchen! It’s great to see you’ve started some posts again. I can imagine how you must be so busy that reading isn’t something you have a ton of time for any longer. It’s nice to see this haul, however! Don’t pressure yourself to read- just do it if you have time! After all, reading should never be a chore. 🙂

    Vengeful AND City of Ghosts?! Great haul! I’m super excited to read both of these books. I love Schwab’s writing– I’m curious to see how her writing transforms in Middle Grade. Which of these poetry books are you most excited to read? And yes, I am forcing you to choose.

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    • thanks jackie!!!! i love schwab’s writing as well. i started vengeful and i love it. i’m also curious about city of ghosts. i’ve heard mixed things so let’s see.

      in regards to the poetry books, i’m excited for all of them to be honest.

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