JANUARY BOOKHAUL – 11 BOOKS

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) - by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
January Book Haul 2017Status: Finished.

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 599 

Rating: A+ (On a scale of C- to A+)

Sorry about the associated image. I lent this book to a friend of mine so I only had a dust jacket to take pictures of for my January bookhaul. The situation has not improved since.

Illuminae was my New Year’s gift to myself and I bought it because it seemed very intimidating because of how different everyone kept saying this was and I have no idea exactly how different it would end up being. I loved everything about this book. I listen to the audiobook as I read the physical copy and it was a wonderful experience. One that I would recommend to everyone as I did to the friend I lent my book out to.

I wish that you would just take my word for it and read it without knowing anything else about it because that’s what I was recommended to do. The first 20-40 pages are going to be a challenge because of how the format of this book is but once you get a hang of it, you’re going to fly through it. Trust me.

If you’re still not convinced, here is the introduction…

Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
January Book Haul 2017

Status: TBR

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages: 624

I’ve not read this book but I’ve heard people say that this book reads like a normal book at first for a good amount of time and then things just go crazy. I’ve not read any of David Mitchell’s works so far but I hear that’s the theme of most of his books which is the main reason why I picked this one up.

Talking about the physical book, the cover is gorgeous and it’s velvety to the touch. I’m pretty impressed on that note. But I’m rather disappointed with the size (11.5 x 4.1 x 17.7 cm) of the copy that I recieved. It’s a 624 page book and with that size, it is very odd to hold. It’s also not a ‘floppy paperback’ so I’m definitely going to dent the spine while reading.

Summary:

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

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Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) - Susan Dennard
January Book Haul 2017

Status: TBR

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 416

I read Sarah J Maas’ review and I was sold. I couldn’t get the cover with the warrior woman on it but this one is pretty cool as well. In fact, I like this one better than the polar cover. This better be good because I pre-ordered the sequel in January and I received it on 1st February so I couldn’t include it in my January bookhaul but hopefully by my next haul, it’ll be my new favorite series. *winks*

Summary:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Heartless - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: TBR

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 453

Ever since I read Fairest, I have wanted to read more from a negative character’s POV and to get it from the same author… I am going to enjoy this one. I can feel it. This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland but before Alice came to wonderland. The queen of Hearts is just another young girl who wants to fall in love.

Summary:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Soundless - Richelle Mead
January Book Haul 2017

Status: TBR

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 266

The setup of this book is so interesting. An entire village is deaf. Imagine a world without sound! This is going to contribute to my 2017 diverse reads. I hope.

I love Richelle Mead’s writing. I’ve absolutely loved all the books that I’ve read from her and I hope this will be another one of those.

Summary:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) - Jay Kristoff
January Book Haul 2017

Status: TBR

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 429

Everyone loves this book! I have not heard one bad thing about it and I loved Jay Kristoff’s work in Illuminae so when this went on sale… I shoved my book budget out of my mind. Got high expectations for this book and I hope it can live up to the standard set by Illuminae.

I got this hardcover copy on Amazon for 500 rupees. That is 7.4 US dollars. Steal!

Summary:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 452

Rating: A- (On a scale of C- to A+)

I have reviewed the first book in the series and I also have a dream cast for the characters so of course, I loved them. This is the second book in The Lunar chronicles series so I’d advise you to not read the summary if you have not read the last book.

Summary:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling, Science Fiction, Romance

Pages: 550

Rating: A+ (On a scale of C- to A+)

Find my review for the First book in the series here and check out my dream cast here.

This is the third book in The Lunar chronicles series so I’d advise you to not read the summary if you have not read the first two books.

Summary:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling, Science Fiction, Romance

Pages: 823

Rating: A- (On a scale of C- to A+)

Find my review for the First book in the series here and check out my dream cast here.

This is the fourth book in The Lunar chronicles series so I’d advise you to not read the summary if you have not read the first three books.

Summary:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

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Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 220

Rating: A- (On a scale of C- to A+)

Find my review for the First book in the series here and check out my dream cast here.

This is book number 3.5 in The Lunar chronicles series so I’d advise you to not read the summary if you have not read the first three books.

Summary:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) - Marissa Meyer
January Book Haul 2017

Status: Currently Reading

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Pages: 369

Find my review for the First book in the series here and check out my dream cast here.

This is book number 4.5 in The Lunar chronicles series so I’d advise you to not read the summary if you have not read the first four books.

Summary:

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

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