Bimonthly Book Haul

Bi-monthly she said, well that didn’t happen did it. I went on a wildly unsuccessful book buying ban, and due to the country shutting down and my brush with Covid-19 I didn’t managed to read many books let alone buy ’em but now we’re back baby. This is going to be a bit of a long clean-up post so we can get back on track with this whole book haul thing, and so I can call myself out for buying books and then forgetting about them like a fool. There’ll also be no ARCs in this post because I did, somehow, manage to resist requesting advanced reader copies and I’m quite proud of myself!

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Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Series: The Locked Tomb #1
Goodreads: Gideon the Ninth
Publisher: Tor Books
Buy: Bookshop.org UK | US
Synopsis: The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.

Review: Gideon the Ninth has been on my to be read since its release back in 2019, I mean who can say no to lesbian space necromancers? not me. I’ll admit though that I found this harder to get into than I thought, but I think the fault lays entirely with my kindle and my goldfish sized brain. This book introduces so many new terms and characters, and if I’d picked up the hardback I would have easily been able to flick to the back and enlighten myself, but instead I was reading on my kindle and didn’t realize there was a glossary until I’d finished the whole thing. My single brain cell really let me down here so I’m not holding it against Gideon, and I really did love this book (to the point where I’m probably going to attempt a Harrow cosplay build).

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Five popular trilogies I haven’t read, but probably should…

It’s time for a list, a rather shocking list! I’m going to go through a few of book series’ that appear in my tbr but for some reason I haven’t picked ’em up yet! This is basically a call out post from me to me so I’ll actually pic these bad boys up.

Jade City landed on my list after it did the booktube rounds a couple of months ago, and I really want to find out if it’s worth the hype. It’s been kinda hard staying away from spoilers though, so I better read this one as soon as possible.

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Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam

Series: Seven Devils #1
Goodreads: Seven Devils
Publisher: Gollancz
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Synopsis: When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

Review: I received this digital copy in exchange for an honest review, thanks Gollancz!

This book’s being described as a feminist space opera with Mad Max: Fury Road vibes, and as a lover of both of those things I knew I had to get my grubby hands on a copy.

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Five Books on My LGBTQ+ To Be Read

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book list on this here blog, and so what better time than pride month! I’m going to highlight five LGBTQ+ books that I’m excited to pick up, but I’ll admit I had a rather hard time narrowing it down. I’ve gone for giving you guys some thoughts next to each book instead of a blurb, so click the Goodreads link if you want to know more about the five books below!

*I couldn’t resist throwing in some honourable mentions below, so enjoy some very pretty covers.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me
Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This one has been on my list for such a long time, and I missed a chance to grab it while in Orbital Comics in London and I still have a hefty amount of regret about it. I haven’t been able to find a hard-copy of this graphic novel since, and so I think I’ll have to cave and get it delivered! The blurb of this just really resonates with me, especially when it comes to finding the love you deserve!
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Sunday Book Crush

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Publishers need to stop sharing pretty books on twitter, Tor books is responsible for this one, I just can’t resist the call of a pretty cover. I’ve also heard that there’s LGBTQ+ rep, and that pulls me in even more!
I am on a rather unsuccessful book buying ban at the moment, but this will definitely be one of the first I pick up when my self imposed hell ends.

Sunday Book Crush!!

Vicious

Amazon: UK|US

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

How have I not read a book written by Victoria Schwab yet? It’s about time I pick up something written by this wonderful author! Picking which book to feature as my book crush was harder than I thought though, as almost all of the blurbs made me want to pick up the book; but I settled on Vicious because of this tweet from Victoria relating her books to other forms of media, Vicious was Hannibal + X-Men just in case you were wondering, and I loved the idea of that beautiful combo.
I’m really hoping to pick this one up when I get paid next week, so if anyone has any other recommendations for books to read next month I’d love to hear them!


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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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Goodreads: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe 
Publisher: Walker Books
Amazon: UK|US
Synopsis: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Review: When this book came out I was so excited! Other blogger’s had me so pumped to get my hands on this beautiful book. I fell in love with the concept, and the thrilling idea of this being more than a romance, but for me this book just fell flat.

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Sunday Book Crush!

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Amazon: UK|US

The cover of this book caught my eye on twitter, and I immediately dashed off to Goodreads to look it up. My fascination with the beautiful cover led me to a blurb discussing a near-future science fiction world plagued by pollution, and a boy set to fight back against the rich who are buying suits that protect them from the toxins.
I just love this concept, and the idea of the world that Cindy has built! I’ll definitely be picking this one up as soon as possible. It combines some of my favourite things Sci-Fi, fighting back against oppression, and a little bit of romance, so I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book.


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