Stacking the Shelves #94

Stacking the Shelves #94

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi again all! Another week has flown by, and it’s time to confess to more YALC related book buying. I picked up a few more this week to hopefully read before the event, which is just 6 weeks away now!

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Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she’s lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.
Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he’s considered to be less than nothing – a blanker, there to serve Crosses – but he dreams of a better life.
They’ve been friends since they were children, and they both know that’s as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies – love is out of the question.
Then – in spite of a world that is fiercely against them – these star-crossed lovers choose each other.
But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

I can’t believe I haven’t read this book, even though I’ve heard praise for it over and over again. I’m excited to get to it!

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer. 
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

This book sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to see if I like it!

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. 
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I’ve heard so much about V.E. Shwab, and yet I still haven’t read any of her books myself. I’m going to start with her A Darker Shade of Magic series, so I bought the first book 🙂

Have you bought any books this week?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #93

Stacking the Shelves #93

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hey everyone! I’ve been buying a lot of books recently and it’s been hard to keep up with/keep track of these posts. Today’s books actually include The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, which I posted a review for the other day. I’m also currently reading Meet Cute and my next read will be Girls of Paper and Fire. I’m super excited for these books, which are all on my YALC TBR!

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

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17 year old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. 
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life? 

Have you bought any books this week?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #91

Stacking the Shelves #91

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi everyone! If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I was in London last weekend to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (I promise I will blog about this VERY soon)! I had a really good time and also got to visit a few bookshops, including my new favourite, Foyles Charing Cross. I was so overwhelmed by the wide variety of YA, and so many different editions, I honestly nearly cried (how sad am I).

It was so hard to stop myself from buying ALL of the books, but I managed to pick up just one American edition I’ve been wanting since before it’s release – Emergency Contact. I adore this cover and the floppy US edition also has a gorgeous metallic gold strip down the side! How could I resist?

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For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Have you bought any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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April Wrap-Up and May TBR

April Wrap-Up and May TBR

Wow, after reading only 3 books in March, I read 9 books in April! And moved house. Granted, these books have been shorter and easier reads, but I’m still super proud of myself for such a lot of reading.

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Dumplin’ was definitely my favourite book of the month, and Midnight Alley was my least favourite.

Books I Bought in April

Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James
The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare

Considering I came out of a big book ban, I’m glad I only bought these 3 books!

Books I Want to Read in May

I’d honestly just be really happy if I finished the Morganville series! I have 7 books left and a short story collection, so it could be a push but I think I might be able to do it.

What did you read in April and what’s on your May TBR?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #79

Stacking the Shelves #79

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

It’s been another week of not buying books! Honestly, I’m so proud of myself and this ban is helping me realise I probably don’t need to buy books as much as I do. It’s also helping me to wear down my physical TBR, which is now at 62!

The books I’m posting about today are from my last haul before the ban, which was back in early December now. I took my lovely friend Courtney to my favourite second-hand bookshop to show her around, and I ended up buying so many books! This 4 was the bulk of my purchase, as I already had the first 2 and the shop had the last 4. It was obviously fate, right? They were also in like-new condition and cheap!

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Have you bought any new books recently?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #77

Stacking the Shelves #77

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

I actually haven’t bought a book for a while (my ban is working finally!), but I want to tell you all about a book I bought over Christmas. I was lucky to receive a book voucher for Christmas, and I went out in the sales and bought this beautiful book! My lovely friend Anna had it for Christmas, and I knew from then on that I really wanted to get a copy.

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“Harry Potter: Page to Screen” opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, “Page to Screen” is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.

I can’t wait to read this, I loved The Art of Harry Potter so much and it’s great to add this to my collection.

Have you bought any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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December Wrap-Up and January TBR

December Wrap-Up and January TBR

It’s 2019! Can you believe it? The past year went so quickly and we’re in January once again. I’m battling the January blues by reading The Mortal Instruments and an upcoming visit to the Harry Potter studios 😉

Here’s the 7 books I read in December!

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My least favourite book of the month was Genuine Fraud and my favourite was definitely Clockwork Princess!

Books I Bought in December

The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
Queen of Air and Darkness (Waterstones edition) – Cassandra Clare
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare

I also received a few books for Christmas and I bought some for myself with a voucher! But I definitely spent less money on books, and I’m officially on a ban now.

Books I Want to Read in January

We’re back to where I was with Harry Potter, because I just want to read as much of The Mortal Instruments as I can this month! If I keep up my 7 books a month, I will finish it…but I’m not so sure. Let’s see!

What did you read in December?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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