Because of the very unglamorous double life I am currently living Christmas for myself was delayed this year. For my family they’re kind of spiralling through a somewhat better version of Groundhog Day where they get two christmas’ just to make me happy. Nice of them.
Moving on – so this is my book haul for Christmas. I rarely get so many books at once – I hate seeing an unread book.
Abhorsen by Garth Nix
“Orannis, the Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she and her companions – Sameth, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget – set out on their fated journey, Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead.
Only days earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. Now, with only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and without the experience of Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone, she must search both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer. Before it is too late…”
Third in the the Abhorsen trilogy.
Tales of The Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
“In this collection of fairy tales, Ransom Riggs invites you to uncover hidden legends of the peculiar world. A fork-tongued princess, a girl who talks to ghosts, and wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars are just a few of the characters whose stories will have you hooked.
This book was a gift and if you look in the picture it the green book with gold writing and leaves and it is freaking beautiful. When I finally get to have a nice bookshelf again this little thing will look lovely on it. Also if the stories are good it might encourage me to pick up the sequels to the original novel.
Tales of Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
“Ten illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, …as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn’t sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this Simon might be… Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane.”
I’ve been watching these stories come out in e-book form and I’ve been waiting to read these for so long – even though Lady Midnight did spoil the ending for me. I’m currently reading this now and all the characters feel like old friends – this was worth the wait. If you’re a fan of Cassandra Clare’s stories PICK THIS UP NOW. That’s my advice.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
“Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.”
The second in the Six of Crows duology and I can’t wait to finish the series!
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
“Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn’t look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what’s a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible -and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.
Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg, to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges, as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus . . .”
Can I just say I freaking love this series. It’s the third in the Invisible Library series and if anyone loves fantasy novels mixed with super spies and just generally loves books then I recommend this series.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
“In Vassa’s neighbourhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighbourhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair.”
This is based on a Russian folk tale. I think its had mixed reviews but apparently if you love the synopsis you will love the story. And to me that sounds amazing so I need to read this book.
The Call by Peader O’Guilin
“What if you only had 3 minutes to save your own life and the clock is already counting down…Three minutes. Nessa, Megan and Anto know that any day now they wake up alone in a horrible land and realise they’ve been Called. Two minutes. Like all teenagers they know that they’ll be hunted down and despite all their training only 1 in 10 will survive. One minute. And Nessa can’t run, her polio twisted legs mean she’ll never survive her Call will she? Time’s up.”
I saw this on PolandBananasBooks and it sounded like an awesome book!
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.”
So that is my late christmas book haul! Has anyone else discovered any awesome books recently? Or what do you think of the ones I received – let me know 🙂