Book Haul & Recap (25)


August 26, 2012 by Heidi

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Hello all!  I hope everyone’s winding down with summer and getting ready to easy into fall.  I myself have been a terrible blogger lately, so I apologize to all of you whose blogs I need to catch up on, that’s the goal for this next week!  I’ve simply been enjoying some time away from the computer the past few weeks, but in the meantime, I’ve amassed some new books:

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier [Amazon|Goodreads] (Library)
I loved Daughter of the Forest beyond reason, and after letting it stew in my brain for about 3 months, I determined it was time to move on to the next in the Sevenwaters series.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss [Amazon|Goodreads] (Goodreads)
This was my first ever win from a Goodreads giveaway, and I’m so excited!  It’s a non-fiction about the life of Alexander Dumas that sounds positively fascinating.
What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt [Amazon|Goodreads] (Claire Legrand)
I’ve been meaning to read Gary D. Schmidt for a while now, particularly The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now that Flannery wants desperately for me to get to.  Claire Legarnd hosted ARCAPALOOZA via Twitter and gave away heaps of ARCs, and I was lucky enough to win this one! Plush she sent some Cavendish bookmwarks—win!
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews [Amazon|Goodreads] (Purchased)
Why yes, the first thing I did when I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday was run on over to buy Andrea’s full length installment of the Kate Daniels series.
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey [Amazon|Goodreads] (Purchased)
I’ve been meaning to read this one, and it was a Kindle freebie this past week!
Darkhouse by Karina Halle [Amazon|Goodreads] (Purchased)
I first heard of this one on Forever YA, and it sounded great! Was also a Kindle freebie.
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
These two were the final titles from Sync for the summer, and they should be up till about Friday!  They had some issues getting them going, so it’s later than the dates initially given. I’m excited for both of these though as I love these types of stories.

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews book coverCold Kiss by Amy Garvey book coverDarkhouse by Karina Halle book coverThe Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera book coverThe Call of the Wild by Jack London book cover

Lately at Bunbury in the Stacks

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Review)
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (Review)
Persuasion Read Along Week 1
No…seriously to read pile
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier (Review)
Preloved by Shirly Marr (Review)
Über Mini Reviews: Craig Ferguson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black & Molly Harper
Persuasion Read Along Week 2
Movies That Should’ve Been Books

Also, I’m giving away a copy of Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant, so don’t forget to enter!

Like I said, I’m going to try to get back into the swing of things and be online this week to see what you’ve all been up to.  Cheers!


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  1. Desperately? I was going to hassle you about that and then I was like, “Welp, I guess it *is* pretty accurate.” I love Okay For Now so much. They didn’t have the new Neumeier book at my branch so I picked up The City on the Island (or something like that) to try her out. Also, I am too lazy to go see if that is how you spell her name. Literally too lazy right now to scroll up. I’m jealous of your Schmidt arc, though. (I can wait til next month, though:)) I’m annoyed that I missed two or three weeks of the SYNC downloads. Ah well, what can ya do?

    • Heidi says:

      The last SYNC downloads are still up! But yeah, that does suck, especially since there were some really good ones this summer. I really liked Cleopatra’s Moon especially.

      Bwahaha, I WILL read Wednesday Wars/Okay For Now, and not just for your hassling, because they sound legitimately good. Plus, Wednesday Wars is a Long Island read.

      I think you mean The City in the Lake? Which is funny, because she also has The Floating Islands, and you kind of mashed those titles together. 😛

      I really like Neumeier’s work (yes, you spelled her name right), and hope to get to both of these. I’ve heard good things about The City in the Lake (it’s Thea at The Booksmuggler’s favorite of hers), so hopefully you like!

  2. Can I please SQUEAL!? I loved Cold Kiss so much, it’s one of my favorite books in the world. There. I said it. I actually own a hardcover copy, but I will definitely spread the word. I preordered the sequel, Glass Heart, and it should be here soon. VERY soon.
    Also, I can’t wait for you to read Gunmetal Magic.

    • Heidi says:

      SQUEAL AWAY! I was SO excited that Cold Kiss was a freebie this week, I honestly haven’t read a bad review of it.

      I cannot wait to read Gunmetal Magic! I’m bogged down in read alongs atm (well, not really as they’re for books I’m loving so it’s not like a chore), so it’ll be another week or so before I get to it, but I am SO ready for some Andrea goodness.

  3. VeganYANerds says:

    Nice haul! I heard about the deal on Cold Kiss but it wasn’t avail. here so I will wait for your review to see if I should buy it!

  4. I love the font on the spine of What Came From the Stars- hope the book itself is as good!

    • Heidi says:

      Me too! It seems like it’s going to be fairly different from his previous work which was all contemporary. I’ve heard great things, but the fact that this one is Sci Fi makes me think I’ll enjoy it even more!

  5. Wonderful haul this week, Heidi! I picked up Cold Kiss for my Kindle this week as well and am so curious about all your other books! I haven’t heard of most of them, so I’m definitely looking forward to your reviews! :) I hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy all your new books, Heidi! 😀

  6. You reminded me that I also need to return to the Sevenwaters trilogy. I loved the first book too, but for some reason I never read beyond that.

    • Heidi says:

      You should! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the series as a whole. I’m only a few chapters into Son of the Shadows, but so far I’m enjoying it greatly. It seems better paced than Daughter of the Forest, and the story is also very intriguing.

  7. Brandy says:

    I am so jealous you have a copy of What Came From the Stars!!!!! I can not wait to read that book. I love Schmidt’s books so much. I am actually teaching The Wednesday Wars this year to my 4th-6th graders (and we are going to to do Reader’s Theater scenes of all the Shakespeare included in the book).

    And in addition to The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now you also need to read Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. (That one is maybe my favorite of his. Maybe. I love them all so much.)

    • Heidi says:

      Oh I love that you’re doing Reader’s Theater for The Wednesday Wars! That’s fantastic! I’m such a fan of good middle grade, and I keep hearing such wonderful things about Schmidt, it’s really about time I read something of his. I’m sure I’ll enjoy!

  8. Sigh. I am going to miss Sync.

    ALSO dude how HOW how HOW have you not read The Wednesday Wars or Okay For Now yet? Seriously, those are totally Heidi books. They are excellent, well written, with wonderful themes.

    ALSO OMG THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO SORT OF BOOK! That sounds fantastic. I want to steal it hahahaha.

    • Heidi says:

      Doesn’t it sound awesome?! I had no idea Alexander Dumas was so awesome irl. And YES I KNOW I really need to read Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now! They’re totally Heidi books, I’m probably going to do the audio for them, in fact, I may do one next while I wait for Carnival of Souls to release! 😛

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