April Book Haul

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I come to you again with a large-ish book haul, because I have no self control when it comes to book buying. I think when I am stressed, I buy more books as its comforting and that’s why I have ended up with hundreds of books.

I got sent an ARC, I bought 1 brand new book and 9….yes 9! second hand books (it’s been a stressful month)

Crimson and Bone

London, 1853.

Annie Stride is a beautiful, flame-haired young woman from the East End of London. She is also a whore. On a bleak January night Annie stands on Waterloo Bridge, watching the icy waters of the Thames writhe beneath her as she contemplates throwing herself in. At the last minute she’s rescued by a handsome young man.

Her saviour, Francis Maybrick Gill, is a talented artist. He takes Annie as his muse, painting her again and again and transforming her from a fallen woman into society’s darling, taking her far away from her old life.

But there is darkness underpinning Annie’s lavish new lifestyle. In London and in Florence, prostitutes are being murdered. There’s someone out there who knows who Annie really is – and they won’t let her forget where she came from…

I received this from Hodder&Stoughton via Bookbridgr so thank you very much to them. I cannot wait to read this. I love historical fiction. This is out 18th May.

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

This is going out of my comfort zone a little but I have heard great things and really excited to try it out.

Under the Dome

There’s a reason why Stephen King is one of the best selling writers in the world ever. He knows how to write stories that suck you in and are impossible to put down. The New York Times describes it as a ‘relentless tidal pull’ and Stephen King has done it time and time again with stories like The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Green Mile and The Stand.

In Under the Dome, he has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .

This is a huge book but I wanted it for my Stephen King collection that I am slowly building.

The Black Sheep

Francesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life.

Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say …

Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?

The Sellout

Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: “I’d die in the same bedroom I’d grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that’ve been there since ’68 quake.” Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes, but when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident—the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins—he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2)

Apple Tree Yard

Yvonne Carmichael has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children.

Then one day she meets a stranger at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk.

At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence.

Apple Tree Yard is a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and an insightful examination of the values we live by and the choices we make, from an acclaimed writer at the height of her powers.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?

Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…

Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it

The Lie Tree

It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter . .

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a ‘Fresh New Start’. Five years ago his sister’s twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn’t cried in all that time.

To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago.

When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

Peaches (Peaches, #1)

In a Ya-Ya Sisterhood for teens, Peaches combines three unforgettable heroines who have nothing in common but the troubles that have gotten them sentenced to a summer of peach picking at a Georgia orchard.

Leeda is a debutante dating wrong-side-of-the-tracks Rex.

Murphy, the wildest girl in Bridgewater, likes whichever side Rex is on.

Birdie is a dreamer whose passion for Girl Scout cookies is matched only by her love for a boy named Enrico.

When their worlds collide, The Breakfast Club meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in an entirely original and provocative story with a lush, captivating setting.

So if you managed to get this far, I applaud you.I am hoping to reduce my book spending in the next upcoming month… even though I have just ordered ‘The hate you give’ and A court of wings and ruin’

What books did you get this month? have you read any of these?

Thanks for reading


I Dare You Book Tag

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I wasn’t tagged to do this but I saw Kirsty@kirstyreadsblog tag post and it looked a whole lot of fun. So here I am.

you must be honest
you must answer all the questions
you must tag at least 4 people


1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I haven’t read any of these books even though I have been told it’s better than the movie. I have watched the first 3 movies but for some reason not the last.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? 

The Roanoke GirlsThe BreakdownStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Currently reading: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. 46% of the way through and I am so not sure yet.

Just Finished:The Breakdown by B.A.Paris. I really enjoyed this will let you know my thoughts in my wrap up.

Reading next: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This book just came in at my library and I was first on the reservation list so I need to read ASAP.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I keep telling myself I will but I am so intimidated by the size of the books and how many is in the series.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

Jane Austen clothbound bookset,it was £63 but has now gone up to £92 – which I will never be able to afford.*sadface*

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I have to wait till the end it makes it such a better read – when people tell me they read the end first,it makes me want to scream and shout in their faces….it’s not allowed ok.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

This is a really hard question and a lot of the books I read have broken characters and have pretty shitty lifestyles.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1)

When I was younger I would read this when I went over to my Grandma’s house and I absolutely loved it. I loved the diary format and now this just reminds me of my youth and my grandmas house.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Cutting for Stone

I found it on a wall!

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

A Tyranny of Petticoats (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)

I wasn’t overly impressed by the stories in this book and knew my friend wanted to read it…so I gave it to her.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

All the ones on my phone under the kindle app.Other than that I don’t carry books around.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I honestly can’t remember that far back!

14. Used or brand new?

Both. I like buying from charity shops and using the library. I usually only buy brand new books that I know I am not going to find in either place.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope. I think I would be confused…they sound confusing.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yep, Matilda and also some people might hate me for this but Alice in Wonderland….I really didn’t like the book.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

When We Collided

Yep, Jonah was a foodie and he would make all these delicious sounding meals making me constantly hungry.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t really know any friends or family that read like I do but I always watch booksandlala or elenareadsbooks on youtube as they read similar books to me.

19. My question is: Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

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Thanks for reading



Harry Potter Book Tag

It’s been a long time since I have participated in a tag/awards and as it’s Easter I thought I would the push the boat out and do something fun 🙂 I mean who doesn’t like Harry Potter?  I was tagged by Jasmine@howusefulitis thank you Jasmine.If you haven’t done so already then I really suggest that you have a look at her blog, it’s beautiful and loads of great reviews.

The Harry Potter Book Tag was created by Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote and all the graphics on this tag belongs to them.


Bird Box

I was disappointed with this book and was left with so many questions at the end.


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

I love the ACOTAR series and cannot wait for the next installment.


A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

2nd May cannot come soon enough!


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I loved this book, especially AIDAN!


The Square Root of Summer

The whole math and physics went way over my head


Ready Player One


You (You, #1)


A Quiet Kind of Thunder



Annike and Zoe@twintalesbookreview