Book Haul for March // Buying & Not Reading Books
Greetings friends, it’s time for another book haul! March was a difficult month for pretty much everyone, and as a result of the economic status right now I have cut down on my discretionary spending. But this is my second “once in a lifetime economic crisis” of my adulthood. I know how important it is to keep money flowing in the economy if you are able to do so. (This is why economic stimulus bills happen – they want to encourage the injection of funds into the economy.)
I just placed my quarantine order:
ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS by @DianaUrban (which is apparently on backorder, congrats!)
Signed copy of UNTAMED SHORE by @silviamg
Signed copy of DARK AND DEEPEST RED by @LaAnnaMarie
✨ If you’re able, now is the time to shop your indie! https://t.co/moRm2HJQiA
— Kal is adventuring in books (@kalventure) March 19, 2020
Thankfully I am in a much better financial situation than in 2008. When non-essential stores were ordered shuttered to help flatten the curve, I wanted to place an order with my local indie to help support a place that has provided me with a lot of joy. Especially since they almost had to close a few months ago!
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.
Physical Book Haul
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Publisher: Entangled Teen | Release Date: June 5, 2018 | Pages: 370
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling (Red Shoes fairytale, LGBTQIAP+
Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.
Signed copy! You know those authors who write things you KNOW will be for you, but you haven’t read them yet? Anna-Marie McLemore is one of those authors for me. This is the third book of hers that I’ve bought so far! I love lush fantasy and retellings, so of course this book has been on my radar for some time. I hope to be in the right mood to read this one soon!
The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2) by Victoria Lee
Publisher: Skyscape | Release Date: March 17, 2010 | Pages: 480
Genre: Young Adult, Science fiction, Dystopia, LGBTQIAP+
ARC Review to come
Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.
Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.
Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.
Pre-order! This was my favorite read of March, and to be honest I still haven’t been able to find the words to adequately describe how amazing this book and duology is.
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Agora Books | Release Date: February 11, 2020 | Pages: 304
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do, nothing else to watch, under the harsh sun. She’s bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only option is to marry and have children.
Three wealthy American tourists arrive for the summer, and Viridiana is magnetized. She immediately becomes entwined in the glamorous foreigners’ lives. They offer excitement, and perhaps an escape from the promise of a humdrum future.
When one of them dies, Viridiana lies to protect her friends. Soon enough, someone’s asking questions, and Viridiana has some of her own about the identity of her new acquaintances. Sharks may be dangerous, but there are worse predators nearby, ready to devour a naïve young woman who is quickly being tangled in a web of deceit.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the most exciting voices in fiction, and with her first crime novel, UNTAMED SHORE, she crafts a blazing novel of suspense with an eerie seaside setting and a literary edge that proves her a master of the genre.
Signed copy! I was sick with strep throat when Silvia was at Mysterious Galaxy last month just before quarantine began, and I was so sad to miss meeting her since she isn’t in the US often! Thankfully, I was able to order a signed copy and I am excited to pick this noir mystery up (especially after Kate wrote an incredibly favorable review!)
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Publisher: Harper Teen | Release Date: March 17, 2020 | Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Conteporary, Mystery, Debut novel (2020)
Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.
Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?
Had I been paying attention to upcoming releases, I probably would have tried to get an ARC of this one. This seems to combine so many beloved tropes and inspiration: And Then There Were None with a Saw feel to it and a dash of Pretty Little Liars to uncover secrets. This book was on back order and hasn’t arrived yet *sobs* but I can’t wait to read it!
eBook Purchases (Kindle deals)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Release Date: August 31, 2010 | Pages: 481
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
This is literally because an ARC of Chain of Gold arrived to my house. I haven’t read anything from the Shadowhunters world; I guess this was a sign from the universe to give it a try. aka I am succubing to Dev & Loretta’s peer pressure. (Also of note, I am following Dev’s reading order, not publishing order.)
Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen | Release Date: June 5, 2018 | Pages: 370
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
Electronic ARC Approvals
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Rey | Release Date: June 30, 2020 | Pages: 352
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Gothic Horror
He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find — her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and has an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Physical Review Copies
Be sure to check out Flapping Pages as I am passing along a few of these to international readers once I finish reading them!
None this month!
Do we have any books in common? What books should I read first? Let’s talk book acquisitions in the comments, friends!
Let’s go on another adventure together!