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August Book Haul

My Book Haul

As many of you know, Barnes N Noble had their Book Haul at the end of the month. Though I told myself I’d be strong, well every book nerd knows that a 50% book sale is our kryptonite. This month, I went for my birthday to grab just “a couple” for my September book clubs, and of course the book stacks caught my eye. So, I may have left BNB with a couple extra…fast forward to later in the month and we went for my son’s 3rd birthday to use his birthday free treat coupon. I may have bought a few more books for myself… I also subscribe to several book boxes, they seriously make it too hard to choose between boxes, so I had 3 books come in from those. Overall, my wallet is hurting this month, hahah.

sky in the deep

Sky in the Deep has been on my TBR for some time. I recently read the ARC of The Girl the Sea Gave Back. Adrienne Young has a refreshingly new writing to YA Fantasy. She incorporates so much mythology to her own stories to make them feel more realistic. I am also Buddy Reading this with one of my book clubs on GR, The Procrastinators Book Club, with Laura and Maria starting September 20th. So stay tuned for my review to come!


sea witch


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning is another I have had on my TBR for awhile. I don’t feel like there are enough YA fantasy books with mermaids as the main creatures. And hello? That cover? Totally judge this book by its cover because it looks amazing!!! Sea Witch seems to be about two friends, one a mermaid and one a witch, that fall in love with two princes and the journey they face, similar to Little Mermaid. Let’s be real, I can’t pass up a Disney retelling.

salt and sorrows.jpg


House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. This lovely book I got in my Owl Crate. Check out my instagram for my boomerang photo of the special edition copy from Owl Crate. Also, it’s signed! Annaleigh had 12 sisters until 4 mysteriously died. She sets off to discover the truth to their deaths, and what her other 7 sisters are doing every night that they go to balls. Also there’s supposed to be a mysterious stranger. How intriguing!


shatter the sky


Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells. This I received in my LitJoy crate. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of this book, nor was it on my TBR list until I received it. Having said that, I am glad to have added it. It revolves around the lead character Maren trying to save her girlfriend that has been abducted by the Aurati. A very powerful LGBT book that allows Maren to find strength in herself that she may have not realized was there.


dress for wicked


A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause. Another that I had not heard of nor had on my TBR list. GR lists it under historical fiction–one of my fav genres– and fantasy. I am curious to read and see where the fantasy comes into play. It definitely seeps with the trop of deception.



A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Victoria Schwab is taking the YA fantasy world by storm! Her series are all the talk for book clubs. I had bought the two books in her Villains series. I enjoyed Vicious, but was not a big fan of Vengeful. I have taken a break from Vengeful in order to work on my other book club books. The Procrastinators Book Club is currently buddy reading this with Laura, Isabella, and myself. So obviously I had to buy it to partake in the discussion 😉  I love how Schwab’s book covers have a similar black, red, and white theme. Anybody know the significance? I can’t wait to dive into this idea of multiple worlds categorized by four different colors and one man that can travel between them.

collateral damage


Collateral Damage by Taylor Simmonds. I love that this cover looks like a comic book. This is another book that I had not heard of nor had on my TBR list but after reading the synopsis on GR, I cannot wait to read this! There aren’t many superhero books out there that are outside of the DC and Marvel comics world. I want to dive further into the superhero books as I absolutely loved the Renegades series by Melissa Meyer.


sky without stars


Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell. How amazing does this cover look? A wonderful book that I picked up off of the BNN Book Haul table. I hear it’s a retelling of Les Miserable, but I have never read that so I’m more excited to go into this book with a completely open mind.





The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. Ah, a classic in our house. I think any witch must love all things Halloween, this classic included! I will admit, prior to having children, I had only seen this movie twice. But my toddler absolutely adores this movie. So much so, that he has the “This is Halloween” song memorized, a stuffed Zero and a stuffed Jack holding Zero from Disneyland, and watches this at least once a week before bed. We also have decorated fake pumpkins I set out every Halloween that are painted to look like Jack and Sally. So when I saw this book on the children’s book haul shelf at BNN, I had to jump at buying this! It is illustrated by the amazing genius that is Tim Burton so it makes the book a bit more nostalgic. I might just have to make a Halloween post this year, because we go mad on the decorating for Halloween and all things Nightmare Before Christmas.

hidden oracle


The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I love all books by the wonderful and genius Rick Riordan. I am a huge mythology nerd. I love his various series that encompass Roman, Greek and Norse lore. I have read the Percy Jackson series, and have had all of his other series on my TBR. It took every ounce of strength to only buy the first in this series when there were many others on the book haul table.



I am currently reading Orchid Throne for its release on September 24. My oh my is it wonderful! Definitely strikes me as a book for fans of Ash Princess. Review to come once I have finished reading it.

Agents of Influence is definitely for my historian side. World War 2 is a compelling topic that holds many true, and some still hidden, stories of espionage and how it helped and hurt both sides during the war. And lets be honest, if I could move to England, France, or Canada, it would be a dream.

I cried twice for the Cursebreaker series. Once when I finished A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and when I opened the email that said I was approved the ARC for A Heart so Fierce and Broken. I am holding off a bit to read this because I know the hangover I will have from it will be so painful. But just know, in the first couple chapters that I have read, it will basically rip your heart out.

Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk. There are not many retellings of the Robin Hood story as there are of Disney Princesses. I had received this after having just watched Robin Hood with Taron Egerton (drool face).

The Shadows Between Us is filled with deception and romance in a fantasy world. Written by Tricia Levenseller, whom also wrote the wonderful Daughter of the Pirate King and Warriors of the Wild.

Sisters of Shadow and Light is so exciting to read because it is a tale of two sisters trapped within a citadel, one that inherited their father’s paladin power, the other that must take care of their human mother. I don’t know why, but this reminded me of my sister and I that are very close. I hope this books highlights on a strong sisterhood between the two. Also, Sarah B. Larson is one of my big TBR authors. I seriously need to get cracking on her novels as they have all been on my list for some time.


What books did your August haul in? Anyone take advantage of the Barnes and Noble Book Haul? Have you read any of these books, or are they on your TBR list?

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