Book Haul for April // I’ve started buying books on eBay in the middle of the night

I don’t know about you, but quarantine is getting to me and I’ve started buying books on eBay in the middle of the night. Because what else do you do after 80 days of not being around anyone but your cat? Whatever we need to cope in these wild times, I guess.

As always, I want to reiterate that you do not need to buy and own a lot of books in order to be considered a book blogger or lover. I am quite frugal with everything else so that I can buy books because I love them, but I do not ever want to make you feel bad if you cannot afford to buy books or have poor access where you live.

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Physical Book Haul

Book Haul, April 2020

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Firefly: The Ghost Machine by James Lovegrove

Publisher: Titan Books |  Release Date: April 28, 2020  |  Pages: 336
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera

Firefly The Ghost Machine coverThe fourth original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.

Mal and the crew take receipt of a sealed crate which they are being paid to transport to Badger, no questions asked. Yet once their cargo is safely stowed aboard, River insists Mal should “space” it out of the airlock, for it contains, she insists, ghosts. With supplies running low, the crew desperately need another pay day, but soon find themselves paralysed by hallucinations of their deepest hopes and desires, so vivid they cannot be distinguished from reality. River is the only one unaffected, and desperately tries to awaken her crew mates, while the fantasies turn sour, and the ship begins to spin out of control.

Color me surprised when this book came out! The third book, Generations by Tim Lebbon, was supposed to come out last fall but was pushed back to later in 2020. I didn’t realize that this book was pushed ahead of it! I still need to read The Magnificent Nine, but now that I have the next book I am more likely to cozy back into the Verse.

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends |  Release Date: February 25, 2020  |  Pages: 326
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

ARC REVIEW

The Shadows Between Us coverAlessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

I loved this book so much when I read the ARC, so I had to buy a finished copy for my shelves! I also just love the aesthetic of the cover and overall Slytherin vibes.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Publisher: B&N |  Release Date: June 5, 1967  |  Pages: 417
Genre: Adult, Magical Realism

The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism.”

Out of Print Leatherbound Edition! I’ve been searching for this edition for years, and found a copy in excellent condition on eBay at 2 in the morning for a good price.

I read a tattered paperback edition of this book when I was backpacking in Peru back in 2014, and one of the biggest regrets I had was trading it in a hostel library. I’m looking forward to re-reading it at some point since I didn’t write a review for it back then.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Publisher: Del Rey |  Release Date: March 19, 2015  |  Pages: 435
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Uprooted cover“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

This was another eBay find… but this one I arguably didn’t need as I have this as an eBook and still haven’t read it. But when I earned enough Penguin Points for a free book, I got in my head that I wanted this hardcover… but it is out of print. The heart wants what the heart wants, and it looks nice next to my unread copy of Spinning Silver.

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One of Us is Lying (One of Us is Lying #1) by Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press |  Release Date: May 30, 2017  |  Pages: 361
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

One of Us is Lying coverThe Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick lately, so I decided to finally pick this one up.

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Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

Publisher: Philomel Books |  Release Date: April 14, 2020  |  Pages: 361
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Horror

Girls Save the World in This One coverJune’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world.

This was the Mysterious Galaxy Fantastic Firsts book for April, and I’m pretty excited about it as I hadn’t heard anything about it!

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Twilight Saga movie tie-in paperbacks

Yes, I bought the cringey Twilight movie tie-in paperback editions secondhand and they bring me an unexpected amount of joy on my shelf. Some of my friends and I decided to do a group hate re-read, and I thought it would be fun to annotate them. The best part? All but Twilight have the movie poster still inside, and they are iconic. 👌👌👌

As a note: we all know that these books are problematic. They are poorly written and encourage unhealthy romantic ideals; but sometimes I like to read trash.

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eBook Purchases (Kindle deals)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

Publisher: Razorbill |  Release Date: April 28, 2015  |  Pages: 446
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I’ve been wanting to read this series since meeting Sabaa at The Beautiful event last fall, but am annoyed because of the cover shift so I’ve been putting it off. The eBook went on sale, so I snapped it up!

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Electronic ARC Approvals

Hahahaha… about that ARC ban. Oops.

Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee

Publisher: Page Street Kids |  Release Date: June 23, 2020  |  Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Forest of Souls coverDanger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

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Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber

Publisher: Wednesday Books |  Release Date: August 4, 2020  |  Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Lobizona coverSome people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

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This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

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Publisher: Park Row |  Release Date: May 12, 2020  |  Pages: 336
Genre: Adult, Mystery

This is How I Lied coverGudenkauf proves herself the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller that gets right under your skin.” —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

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Warmaidens (Gravemaidens #2) by Kelly Coon

Publisher: Delacorte Press |  Release Date: October 20, 2020  |  Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Warmaidens coverWarmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

In the refuge city-state of Manzazu, Kammani has built a thriving healing practice and a life she’s proud of with her siblings, the maidens, and her love, Dagan.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill Arwia, the displaced queen of Alu, they realize they’re not safe in their safe little haven anymore. Uruku, the usurper to Alu’s throne, has found out they escaped the tomb and must kill them to protect his newly acquired power.

Burning for retribution, the ruler of Manzazu wants to unleash her fiercest weapons on Alu–her warmaidens. But when Kammani’s best friend, Iltani, is captured, Kammani must use her intuition and her heart to restore Arwia to the throne before the life she’s built–and a future with Dagan–burn up in the flames of war.

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Publisher: Amulet Books |  Release Date: August 18, 2020  |  Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Raybearer coverThe epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir

Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA |  Release Date: July 7, 2020  |  Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

US cover for Cinderella Is DeadIt’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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Physical Review Copies

Photo of an ARC for Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Publisher: Swoon Reads |  Release Date: September 1, 2020  |  Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, LGBTQIAP+

Cover for Cemetery Boys by Aiden ThomasYadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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Library Requests

April 2020 Library Requests

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Do we have any books in common? What books should I read first? Let’s talk book acquisitions in the comments, friends!

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32 Comments

  1. Evelyn

    May 24, 2020 at 12:27 AM

    Great list of books! I hope you will enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:05 PM

      Thank you!

  2. Kate

    May 24, 2020 at 1:26 AM

    I feel so seen by this haul post slfdsdfsg. I, too, have taken to hoarding books during quarantine to even feel a semblance of humanity again lmfao.

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:06 PM

      OMG thank you so much for making me feel a little normal in knowing I’m not alone in my shopping habits right now!

  3. Eustacia Tan

    May 24, 2020 at 3:13 AM

    I really enjoyed Uprooted! Hope you do when you get to it!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:08 PM

      Oh good, I’m so happy to hear that and thank you!

  4. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    May 24, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    That edition of 100 Years of Solitude is gorgeous!!! 😍💖 Also that Twilight set is such a steal 🤣

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:09 PM

      I have been looking for this edition for YEARS and I am so glad I finally have it to make my shelves so pretty! And I am pretty pleased with the Twilight set… the little things bring pleasure in difficult times.

  5. Luna

    May 24, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Wow, what a great haul! I hope you enjoy each and every one!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:09 PM

      Thank you, Luna!!!

  6. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    May 24, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Yay! Great haul! Love the Twilight set, too. <3

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:10 PM

      Thank you so much (especially for the Twilight appreciation lol)!

  7. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    May 25, 2020 at 7:36 AM

    I am cackling at the imagery of you on eBay just looking at books at 2am and I don’t know why but it makes me chuckle, eBay is a good place to find second hand things though. Ah twilight, my mum actually owns those books, which I read back in 2011 or something and oh boy. Young Clo was in love with the books, with the movies, in fact I got so obsessed with the first movie that I could recite certain lines as the movie was playing real time.

    I think quarantine got to me because I’ve just been buying more things…like whether thats pins, books…bookish things that normally I wouldn’t just buy but now I’m like pfft. Lemme buy ALL OF ZE THINGS because getting mail makes me very happy.

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:13 PM

      I am sure your mental image is fairly accurate: me, tired with a brain that won’t shut up with my phone in my hand looking up things I want on eBay. Awww I love little Clo loving Twilight!

      I think a lot of us are buying stuff just to feel a little normal. Mail definitely makes me happy too! And the bonus of buying stuff in the middle of the night? You forget and it’s like your birthday when mail arrives lol

  8. Charvi Koul

    May 25, 2020 at 10:29 PM

    Ahhh there are so many great books on this list! I recently read An Ember In The Ashes and it blew me away so you should definitely read it soon. But also, The Ghost Squad is an adorable book and even though I haven’t read it yet, I’m super psyched for Cinderella is Dead!!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 8:14 PM

      Ahhh, everyone has told me how good Ember is and honestly listening to Sabaa talk about the series last year makes me think I will LOVE it. I need to read it asap!

  9. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    May 26, 2020 at 6:31 AM

    AH an Ember in the Ashes! I’m so thrilled you got a copy and can’t wait to hear what you think of that one. I only read the first two books in the series so far, but I am loving it so very much! 🙂

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:03 PM

      Ahhh, I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying the Ember series so far – it makes me THAT much more excited to pick it up sooner or later!

  10. Jamie @BubblyBooks

    May 26, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Ooh great haul!! I want to read The Shadows Between Us sooo badly 🤩🤩

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:04 PM

      I hope you are able to read The Shadows Between Us soon, I loved it SO MUCH!

  11. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    May 27, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    At these crazy times you have to do what makes you happy, even if that means buying books on ebay in the middle of the night. <3

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:06 PM

      PREACH! Honestly, shopping in the middle of the night is the semblance of reality that I need right now ahah

  12. Faith

    May 27, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    FGHJKLHJK I love this post title. I have an e-ARC of Cinderella is Dead as well and I’m so excited for it! I’m anticipating Cemetery Boys so badly. (Also this is unrelated but my library has that Harry Potter thing too?? I just find it interesting lol.)

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:07 PM

      YAY glad the title gave you a chuckle! I finished Cemetery Boys recently and Faith, it is SO GOOD! I’m picking up Cinderella is Dead this evening and am so excited… happy reading!

  13. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    May 27, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    The OG hardcover of Uprooted is so gd beautiful. I had an opportunity to get it fairly cheap years ago and passed on it and I regret that immensely. Also, I am SO READY to reread the Twilight series at some point this summer.

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:08 PM

      I honestly can’t stop looking at Uprooted on my shelf next to Spinning Silver; I am really glad I nabbed the copy I found. I’m so sorry you missed out and I hope you’ll get another cheapish chance soon! yaaas for twilight re-reading… it’s the trash I need in the dumpster fire of 2020

  14. Mere

    May 28, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    I was so sad I was denied for Forest of Souls! I enjoy Novak’s writing! I’m jealous about Warmaidens!
    Also Girls Save the World is going to be my next read!

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:14 PM

      Sorry you weren’t able to get an ARC for Forest of Souls, at least the wait time is almost over!

  15. Meeghan

    May 29, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Can’t wait for you to read Ember!!

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:19 PM

      Me too, me too!!!

  16. Annemieke

    June 2, 2020 at 4:35 AM

    Arc bans never work, do they? 😉 Haha. Great looking haul.

    1. Kal

      June 3, 2020 at 6:28 PM

      I sincerely believe that whenever I try to put myself on a ban, my problem gets worse lmao

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