December Book Haul (+ the first physical ARCs I’ve ever got)


Hello, lovelies! I’m back here with a huge Book Haul, this is my first book haul and I’m so excited about it because wow. Somebody send me books. And I also won lots of giveaways, but I only got the books from one (so far), so maybe more book hauls in the future!

Let’s start with the ARCs I’ve received from Macmillan International, I want to thank them again for sending me all those beautiful books. Those were the first physical ARCs I’ve received and let me tell you that I went all heart eyes on them. I also had a photoshooting (I don’t usually take photos of books, but this time called for one).














I’ve received five books from them and they are the following :


Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kane

This one is very important to me as I’m not sure yet whether I can identify as being asexual or aromantic or anything in between these or both or neither. I mean, not having a serious relationship yet makes me feel rather confused about whether any of these labels are suitable for me. This book has an asexual character (she’s also biromantic) and I don’t see that many characters like her and I’m very glad about getting something that could help me get to know myself better – see if her experiences are anything like mine and so on. Also, asexual people/biromantic people should totally get the rep they deserve and I have a feeling that this book will do a great job giving them what they truly deserve.



Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills – this one is my second book by Mills, I really enjoyed First & Then (also by her) and this one is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I adore retellings. I’m pretty sure this one already came out in December, so you can read it too! I really love the cover design and I’m expecting  highly relatable characters and a very cute romance on top of it from this book because I feel like that’s Mills’ style. (I’m trying very hard not to start this book, at once because #sapphicathon, but yeah, the struggle is real).




IMG_20171215_114044[1].jpgA Girl like That by Tanaz Bhathena – this one sounds absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to read it. Besides, the diversity in this, I think the subject is very important. The main character is portrayed like a trouble-maker, a girl ‘you don’t want to get involved with’ and I’m pretty sure the author is going to speak about very important issues regarding religion and identity and race. I’m very interested in this one and I’m so glad that YA has been growing as a genre and you can see more and more own-voices books. I think we need them the most, both the people that are represented by those books and also the ones who aren’t (so we can understand better how harmful some of our actions are).




To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo IMG_20171215_113506[1].jpg

This book has such a gorgeous cover, but it looks so awful in photos (it’s such a shame!). This one is about sirens, I think you remember the fact that I’ve mentioned how much I love sirens. I’m so excited about this book, you have no idea. Sirens, kingdoms, a twisted retelling of The Little Mermaid, sign me up!!!

Also, excuse my bad quality photos, my phone messed up those pictures so badly! *cry*



IMG_20171215_113607[1].jpgBound to You by Alyssa Brandon

Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That’s Arwen’s necklace in the picture. And I included it because the cover and the necklace are both beautiful things and I needed to see how they look together *heart eyes*

This book is about werewolves and mates. I haven’t read a werewolf book for a while now and this one seemed very much like something I would enjoy. I love how the whole mating concept sounds (I haven’t read many books where they got it right and not make it sound like a creepy thing), so fingers crossed that everything will be cool in this book and that I will finally find a favourite book with werewolves.



These are the books I’ve received from Macmillan, they are all gorgeous and I can’t wait to read them all and review them here and talk to you about how much we enjoyed them, please check them out. I’ve left you Goodreads links, so you know what to do!




Next up, I’ve received two books from Storia Books, if you’re not familiar with them, that’s because they are a Romanian publishing house. If you’re a Romanian, definitely check their site out, they have some gorgeous titles that you can get, like Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and they are also going to publish next year some huge titles like The Cruel Prince, Eliza and her Monsters and Words in Deep Blue. So, check them out because you won’t regret it!

I want to thank them so much for sending me those books,




The first book I’ve got from them is called The Novice by Taran Matharu – here is a link for those of you who want to check it out on Storia Books’ site (x)



This book sounds absolutely badass, it’s about summoning demons from another world. And there are orcs in here. I probably don’t understand how much I screamed when I heard about this book because it sounds absolutely like something a LOTR die hard fan would adore, just utterly adore. And I’m here for it!

(My owl appears in too many pictures, I know. sorry!)

Also, this book is already out (both in Romania and US), so you can get it right now! Just do it!




IMG_20171215_114333[1].jpgStone Rider by David Hofmeyr

This one has a blurb that really got to me because of this “In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard“. I loved The Outsiders and this book sounds very much like it, but with more badassery and motorcycles. I’m just a big fan of misfits and underdogs and loners, so just give me all these books and I’ll love them. Stone Rider sounds very much like book with a lot of suspense, adventure and people getting into lots of fights. I’m very curious about it, I don’t think I’ve read many YA books like this one, so I can’t wait.

Check out the book on Storia Books’ site – right here (x) – it’s also already out and it also has a drop of the price right now!






Now, the giveaway – I’ve won two books and some swag and a beautiful necklace that I just love because the moon and the sun and the stars. It just gives off huge mythology vibes.


They are also signed, can you believe it????

So, the books are Starborn and Heartland by Lucy Hounsom, this is a High Fantasy series, the third book came out yesterday, so now the series is complete too! I can’t wait to get to read this one because it sounds pretty good and I’m curious. Also, this is the first giveaway I’ve won on Twitter, so it got to mean something.



I think November/December were totally my month, it means so much to me that I was able to get my hands on physical ARCs, it somehow validated my work. I’ve felt very accomplished when the rep from Macmillan told me that my blog is beautiful, it’s just an amazing feeling to know that publishers are trusting you with these books. I’ve received the confirmation from both of these publishers after the whole thing with Netgalley and Goodreads and I was like ‘okay, maybe things aren’t as bad, there are publishers out there that still value the international bloggers’ and it made me very happy. Thanks to both of these publishing houses! Thanks to Lucy Hounsom for sending me all those beautiful things, you’re amazing! I’m still fangirling, I don’t even know if I was comprehensible in this post. I’m sorry.


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33 thoughts on “December Book Haul (+ the first physical ARCs I’ve ever got)

  1. Marie says:

    Congratulations once again on receiving your first physical ARCs, so many books already, you are the luckiest. I hope you’ll enjoy all of them, I really want to read Foolish Hearts 🙂 xx

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  2. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    YOUR BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL MCMILLAN KNOW WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT!! Asghaklla physical ARCs!! You deserve them so much I’m glad you got some ❤!
    And ahhhh I have the same struggle with asexuality and aromanticism (is it -cism? how does English work??)!! I don’t identify with anything atm (mostly because 1. I AM SMOL SO WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT ATTRACTION I SHOULD PLAY WITH PONIES and 2. I don’t actually care 😂. If I ever get feelings for anyone then that’s great if I don’t well…I’m pretty happy as I am regardless!!). But still ace representation is important to me AND I’M GLAD SOMEBODY ELSE IS THINKING THE SAME THING! I’m glad I found internet friends like you that make me feel less alone ❤!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      (Hahaha, I'm not making history, but I'm sure it will happen soon for you too. I trust you!)
      I think it's totally okay, Ioana, at your age or at any age. You don't have to identify to something, it's okay to not know. I'm feeling weird about it because I haven't had an actual relationship yet, but I'm not sure if it's because I have other priorities or because I'm aromantic. I mean, I feel no pressure even though everyone around me is like 'why are you still single???'. I think it's hard to figure these things out especially in our country where being in a relationship/getting married is the normality and should be a priority (esp for women).
      I'm literary freaking out because you're so cool and also you're in my country, so if we ever need to make a bookish party, we actually can, hahaha! ❤

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      • ioana @dragonwaffles says:

        YEESSS!! I may have eaten all the cookies I wanted to give you though.

        I knoooow there’s so much pressure to get married TO A MAN (ugh). Can I just not do that and eat cake and watch movies and travel the world instead? That sounds waaaay more appealing. Everyone looks at you weirdly and tries to explain why romance is the best thing and why you need it to be happy. BUT I DISAGREE! I have other priorities plus I like dogs more then I do humans so putting up with a boyfriend or girlfriend would ruin my solo world domination plans. It’s so akward listening to my friends talk about crushes when I’ve never had one and I don’t want one 😂. I’m just going to live my life and what happens as long as it makes me happy happens so.

        YOU’RE ALSO SO SO COOL ❤!! I’m so glad I found you because you’re one of those rare people in our country that isn’t ignorant! IT BREAKS MY SMOL HEART that it has to be like this here.

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        Aw 😦 Ioana, that’s so mean of you to tell me about all those delicious cookies only to eat them by yourself. I’m sad now. YAAAS, like world domination is so much more important than getting a boyfriend, pls. I remember how my first crush started because of how I’d always listen to other people talk about their crushes and I would be like ‘well, I guess that guy is cute’, lol.
        I KNOWWW WHAT YOU MEAN!!! So many ignorant people, it makes me sad. Let’s just move to another less ignorant country together and read books together, hahaha!

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  3. toni says:

    Genuinely excited for you! You’re literally goals for a shy Bulgarian girl with insatiable thirst for new books lol! Most importantly, I hope they live up to your expectations and that you get many more in the future! Happy holidays.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Toni, heeey! I didn’t know you had a blog, also why can’t I follow you? 😦
      I’m so happy that I tried, I was pretty intimidated by the whole ARC business too, because it’s very hard for international bloggers, but I did it! And I’m sure you can too! Thank you very much! Happy holidays to you too! ❤


      • toni says:

        Unfortunately WordPress is not my cup of tea and university takes up a lot of my time, so I don’t really blog (anymore) but when I do, it’s on Blogger. I’ll make sure to toot my own horn when I become serious again 😉
        I’m sure it wasn’t easy to get to this point, with all the effort and dedication you put into your reviews. It’s a step in the right direction for foreign publishers to recognize international bloggers, so hopefully this trend continues. If you accept ideas, I would totally (and others, I’m sure) be interested in a post about tips and tricks for thriving in the book blogging community! x

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        Ah, I’ve heard about Blogger and yes, please do it! Also, I can totally relate to university taking up a lot of time, my exams are coming up in January/February and I’m thinking I should be scheduling posts because surely, I won’t be able to write much.
        It’s been quite a fun ride for me ever since I started seriously blogging back in September! Your words are really kind and I would be more than happy to share some tips on it, though I’m not sure if I’m the best person to do it, but I will. Thank you very much, toni! I will screenshot your comment because it really made my day! ❤


  4. Atiqah @ Bookmarks and Blue Light says:

    Amazing, I’m so happy for you! Congratulations on your ARCs

    There are only 2 golden rules I follow when taking photos of books:
    1 – go outside & use natural light, or weather not permitting, setup your photoshoot by the window
    2 – take your photos from above

    Have a try and let me know. I find these tips will bring out the best in book covers. Head over to my site and click on my IG link to see what I’m talking about. I mean, we have these gorgeous covers and I get it, it’s sooo frustrating when technology fails us 😩

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  5. Marta says:

    Congrats on getting the ARCs and winning the giveaways!! That’s really exciting!
    And all those books sound really interesting – I’ve heard about some, but others … not so much. I can’t wait to see what you’ll think of them!

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  6. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

    I totally get you about the talk you wrote around Let’s Talk About Love. I had few crusch but I hardly would call that love and something romantic – it was more also me getting flattered to the first attentions I’ve got in my life.
    Right now I feel like my experience goes all around the three more knowed definitions of the asexual spectrum. But I don’t worry too much because I’ve never seen any of those term like somthing fixed or a box. Sometimes some doubts come by but when I really think about me in real life, me and someone…. I feel nothing XD
    Having a super romantic bestfriend that is queer too, it helped a lot to get some differences between me and her.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Same here!! I think I relate the most to being demisexual, but I don’t want to use a label necessarily because I’m still figuring out things. I can’t wait to review Let’s Talk About Love even more now when that review about the book being an asexual romance fantasy has been circulating on Twitter.

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