Weekly Book Haul (20)

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I may have gone a little crazy with the books this week but what can I say, I am weak! Instant downloads may end up being my downfall.


The Lost Hero (Heroes Of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

A terse quatrain casts a teasing challenge at a new combine of demigods in this series launch by Rick Riordan. A tantalizing new adventure epic from the author of Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.



The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R. L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


Fated (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel

Fated by Alyson Noel

Until now, he’s existed only in her dreams –
but fate is about to bring them together.

I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.
I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.
I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.
The boy from my dream.
The one who died in my arms.

Masque Of The Red Death (Masque Of The Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin

Masque Of The Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club–in the depths of her own despair–Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for–no matter what it costs her.

Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . . The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

Alina has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Palace Of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Stone

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding.There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the Queen’s Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place.

Picking up where “Princess Academy” left off, and celebrating the joys of friendship, romance and the fate of fairy tale kingdoms, this new book delivers the completely delightful new story that fans have been waiting for.

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another’s only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she’s lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she’s popular, happy, and dating, everything “Jennifer” couldn’t be—but she still can’t shake the memory of her long-lost friend.

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.

All cover images and summaries taken from goodreads.


  1. Wow so many awesome books! I’ve had Grave Mercy, Cinder and Masque of the Red Death on my TBR list for a while now and I can’t wait to read them. Breathe and Sweethearts both look like great books, I’ll have to check them out =). Hope you enjoy all of your wonderful goodies!

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    • I put off Grave Mercy for so long because of the length. So many books and so little time. The great reviews and randomly spotting it in the library forced me to take the plunge.

  2. Wow, a great selection this week. Cinder is on my shelf this week too, along with Scarlet. I’m putting faith in other bloggers that I’ll like Cinders enough to read Scarlet. I hope you enjoy your books!

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  3. I really liked Cinder and Mara Dyer – hope you enjoy them both as well as the rest of your haul 🙂
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  4. O_O

    Wow! Awesome haul!

    I’ve had Cinder, Fated and The Lost Heroes on my TBR pile for a couple of months now and I can’t wait to read them! I absolutely adored Sweethearts, it was a lovely book!

    Breathe, Grave Mercy and The Masque of Red Death are on my wish list!

    Enjoy your new books!

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  5. AWESOME haul! The Lost Hero was really good. I hope you enjoy all your new books! Happy reading 🙂

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  6. Cinder was great. The rest of your books look awesome. I still have to read Anna Dressed in Blood and heard very mixed reviews of Mara Dyer. Come visit me too.

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  7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Breathe were both great! Also, The Darkest Minds has such a cool idea. Enjoy all your books 🙂
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    • Thanks!

      I have meant to pick up The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer for awhile and decided to take advantage of the recent paperback release.

  8. Oh so many good books. I loved Sweethearts. The rest all look really good too. It looks like you have a fun couple of reading weeks ahead of you.

    I didn’t like the first half of Fated, but the second half made up for the first half. Hope you enjoy it.

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    • I’ll keep that in mind about Fated. I rarely put a book down unless it is completely awful because I like to finish.

  9. I absolutely adored Cinder! It was such a great spin on a fairytale, especially for fans of science fiction more than contemporary. I recently reread The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and it was absolutely amazing. It kind of messes with your brain a little bit! I hope you enjoy everything. 🙂

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  10. I love Cinder! (and Scarlet). The Lunar Chronicles is an awesome series. Unfortunately Grave Mercy wasn’t for me but I hope you like it. The Darkest Minds is definitely high on my list at the moment. It looks right up my street. Happy reading.

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    • I really have heard nothing but great things about The Lunar Chronicles and have such high hopes for loving both books.

      I want to read more scary books and hope The Darkest Minds should fit the bill. ,

  11. Wow, great haul this week. And, yeah, instant download is the devil.

  12. Oh man, Cinder is so so so good. I’m going to an author event tomorrow featuring Marissa Meyer and I am ridiculously excited!

    Happy reading 🙂
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    • That’s so cool! I would love to do that but for whatever reason we don’t get many book tours in Central Florida. Oh well…hope you have a great time!

  13. Aw, you guys are really lucky to have public libraries there. The only place where we have libraries here are schools, and there are only few novels. The rest are for study purposes 🙁

    The Lost Hero was really boring for me, but The Son of Neptune made it better again YAY! 😀

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  14. The Lost Hero!!! I totally approve! Rick Riordan’s books are awesome. 🙂 Also Cinder was a fabulous book. And Scarlet is just as good!! Enjoy your new books—you got some great ones!

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    • I love the Percy Jackson books. They are pretty much my favorite Middle Grade and am sure I will enjoy anything Rick Riordan writes.

  15. You got some very awesome books this week! I need to check out Rick Rirdan’s books so badly! Cinder was amazing and Grave Mercy is one of my favs 🙂 Enjoy all that you got this week. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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    • The Percy Jackson series is excellent and I highly recommend it. All of the books, like many middle grades, are pretty quick reads so it is an easy series to get into to.

  16. The Lost Hero wasn’t my favorite Riordan book but I’m re-reading it now anyways. Mark of Athena was BRILLIANT though! Hope you enjoy Cinder as well, that’s one of my favorites.
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    • There is a really high bar in comparison with The Percy Jackson series.

      I cannot wait to get started on Cinder, it has been on my TBR list forever.

  17. Grave Mercy is an incredible book, i also recently read, loved and reviewed Breathe 🙂
    Enjoy all your great books 🙂

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    • So excited to read Grave Mercy! It is such a thrill having such a nice Young Adult section in the library near my house. It is a new library that was just built a few months ago and replaced one that was rather old. Nice that the new one has more books in stock.

  18. AHHH. I LOVE THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS SERIES. However, it’s not as good as the PJO series. But it’s still SUPER good. I hope you enjoy it!
    I also just bought Cinder, and I’m super excited to get to reading it.

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    • So glad to hear about The Hero Of Olympus Series. After reading the Percy Jackson series, I really do have high hopes.

      I hope you enjoy Cinder!

  19. Every book on your list is just perfect.
    I am having Percy Jackson marathon and then the rest of Rick’s works…

    P.S. I also love your blog so I have award for you over here >>> http://thevictorianvanity.blogspot.com/2013/02/my-blog-awards.html

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