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).
A 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
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*
Bound 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,
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!
Stone 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.