Bookhaul April & May 2018

Hey you all! Time for another bookhaul ❤ If you follow my blog you probably noticed I didn’t post a bookhaul for April, this was not because I didn’t receive or buy any books that month but because I forgot which books I received in April and which in May haha. Sometimes I’m such a dork. So, today you can enjoy a massive bookhaul with books I bought and got for reviewing purposes in the last two months 😉

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I added a whopping 21 books to my collection!!! And that is not including the ebooks I bought and received … I should probably make a section for ebooks on my blog too and tell you guys and girls which ebooks I add to my digital bookcollection (writing this down on my to-do-list!!!).

From left to right:

The Fandom by Anna Day

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

Moonrise (Nieuwe Maan) by Sarah Crossan

‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

In search of us (Op zoek naar) by Ava Delaira

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor: Morrigan Crow en het Wondergenootschap) by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Verstrengelde Vleugels (Entwined Wings) by Vanessa Gerrits (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Negentien jaar nadat Max Lucy’s vleugels stal, is er een nieuwe vleugeldief aan het werk in Nieuw-Anvers. Terwijl de Engel en de Kraai jacht maken op de mysterieuze dader balanceert hun levensgeluk meer dan ooit op de rand van een mes.

Want de vendetta van ‘de Krijger’? Die is persoonlijk.

In een race tegen de klok zullen Lucy en Max dingen moeten doen die ze nooit voor mogelijk hielden. Met een alliantie van nieuwe vrienden en oude vijanden proberen ze hun wereld te beschermen, maar ver weg van de Korf drijven onbekende volkeren en onzekere tijden hun tot het uiterste.

Wanneer vergiffenis verleden tijd is, is de toekomst misschien wel wankeler dan ooit …

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

The Last Namsara (Iskari: de laatste Namsara) by Kristen Ciccarelli

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Children of Blood and Bone (Bloed en Beenderen) by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

De Schaduwen van Radovar by Marloes Morshuis (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Jona woont met haar familie in Sterrenlicht: een van de enorme flats in Radovar. De inwoners van deze grijze stad zijn in de greep van ‘de familiescore’. Wie hard werkt, verdient veel punten en klimt snel op. Maar wie niet in het systeem past, kan diep vallen en Ondergronder worden – of zelfs in een Onderwijk eindigen.
Jona voelt zich gevangen in de stad. Ieder protest tegen de strenge regels levert minpunten op. Alleen in de uithoeken van Sterrenlicht kan ze even ontsnappen aan het systeem. Zalman, de vreemde klusjesman van het gebouw, lijkt de enige die haar begrijpt.
Alles verandert als Jona haar zieke oma wil helpen en ze de geheimzinnige Kilian tegenkomt. Hij laat haar de inktzwarte kanten van de stad zien. Jona kan niet langer zwijgen, ook al brengt ze daarmee zichzelf en haar familie in groot gevaar.

Brave New Love (Dutch diversity short story collection) by various authors (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Durf jij jezelf te zijn?

Wat als je de krachten van het vuur kunt beheersen, maar wordt gepest omdat je op hetzelfde geslacht valt? Wat als je juist door je handicap een bovennatuurlijke gave hebt? En wat als de enige manier om jezelf te zijn betekent dat je in opstand moet komen tegen alles wat je hebt geleerd?

In de bundel Brave New Love laten tien Nederlandse YA-auteurs met hun verhalen zien dat diversiteit belangrijk is. Dat je mag zijn wie je bent. Dat je daardoor een vleugje magie in je leven kunt toelaten.

Fataal Spel by Chinouk Thijssen (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Wat voor een ziek spelletje is dit? Nadat haar zusje Jessie is ontvoerd, stuurt de kidnapper allerlei opdrachten naar Carmen. Alleen als ze gewillig meespeelt en alle raadsels oplost, zien de twee meiden elkaar nog terug. Althans, dat is wat de dader beweert. Samen met haar vrienden voert Carmen de bevelen uit, maar de uitdagingen worden steeds extremer en gevaarlijker. Hoe ver zal ze gaan om haar zus te redden?

The Lifters (Tunnels) by Dave Eggers

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

When Gran’s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town–and the known world–out of danger.

They both die at the end (Op het einde gaan ze allebei dood) by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa

TODAY, WE STRIKE BACK.

WE SHOW TALON THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR NEW WORLD.

Ember Hill has learned a shocking truth about herself: she is the blood of the Elder Wyrm, the ancient dragon who leads Talon and who is on the verge of world domination. With the Order of St. George destroyed, Ember, Riley and Garret journey to the Amazon jungle in search of one who might hold the key to take down the Elder Wyrm and Talon—if they can survive the encounter.

Meanwhile, Ember’s brother, Dante, will travel to China with a message for the last Eastern dragons: join Talon or die. With the stakes rising and the Elder Wyrm declaring war, time is running out for the rogues and any dragon not allied with Talon.

The final battle approaches. And if Talon is victorious, the world will burn.

The Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn

A boxed set including all six books in the Pegasus series:

#1 The Flame of Olympus

#2 Olympus at War 

#3 The New Olympians

#4 Origins of Olympus

#5 Rise of the Titans

#6 The End of Olympus

Here’s a description for the first book:

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.

I will share my reviews of these books with you guys throughout June (and probably July) so, stay tuned 😉

Happy reading you all!

 

 

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