Empty wallet, happy reader. Book Haul (30)


November 4, 2012 by Heidi

Book Haul (30)

Turns out attending two amazing book events in one week left me with a nice new pile of (Signed!  I’d show you but apparently I’ve broken my camera.) books and an empty wallet.  All of these are physically beautiful books I’ve been hankering for for some time–so happy to add them to my shelf!  I adore Andrea Offermann’s illustrations of Milford’s books, the cover for Vessel is gorgeous, and everything about The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is so much creepy good fun.  In fact, I’ve already thoroughly devoured (and loved) The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.

From Books of Wonder I purchased:

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst [Amazon|Goodreads]
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand [Amazon|Goodreads]
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima [Amazon|Goodreads] — I admitted to Chima that I have anger management issues with incomplete series, so I was so excited for the release of the final book in her Seven Realms quartet!
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford [Amazon|Goodreads]
The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford [Vook|Goodreads] — I was thrilled that Kate brought copies of this one with her!  She self-published this novella, and I believe only printed 300 copies (mine’s numbered).  You can purchase digital versions at Vook.

Stray by Andrea K. Höst book coverTender Morsels by Margo Lanagan audio book coverThe Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke book cover

Stray by Andrea K. Höst [Amazon|Goodreads] — Currently a Kindle freebie!
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan [Amazon|Goodreads] — From library.
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke [Amazon|Goodreads] — Friends, I read The Assassin’s Curse this week and LOVED it!  So when I saw Clarke’s next novel on NetGalley with the tag line “A tale of love, loss and robots.” I was so in.

Book Haul (30)

Again, sorry for the crappy camera (it still TAKES pictures, but my screen is shot so I can’t actually SEE what I’m taking pictures of), but I also received a bookish gift from the lovely Mandee of Vegan YA Nerds!

I was bemoaning my ability to get a hold of Aussie reads in general, but at the moment Kristy Eager reads in particular, and Mandee was sweet enough to send me Saltwater Vampires [Goodreads].  I swapped her for a copy of Fingerprints of You, and feel like this may just be the perfect post-hurricane November read.  Thanks, Mandee!

Here’s all the spooky festive goodness I’ve been up to since I last checked in:

Audio Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
YA Review: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Event Recap: Spooky Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder
Retro Friday MG Review: Well Witched by Frances Hardinge
Salute Your Shorts: Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman
YA Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Guest Review at The Book Smugglers: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Impromptu Blackout Read-a-Thon
With Bated Breath: November New Releases

I feel like I’m drowning in the awesomeness over here.  Let me know what you’ve been up to, how you spent your Halloween (hopefully not in the dark and mitigating damage like so many of us here on the east coast), and what books you’ve enjoyed as of late!


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  1. I haven’t had a chance to read Saltwater Vampires just yet, but I’m incredibly curious about it. Tender Morsels might be a bit too much for me, but I’ll reserve my judgment until I read your review.
    Ohhh, I have The Boneshaker too, but by a different author!:D

    • Heidi says:

      I was going to read it right away, but then I panicked about needing to read more 2012 releases before the end of the year and it got put on the shelf. I think Tender Morsels is a bit too much for most people. I did like it, but it was really hard to read at many points–I’ll certainly be trying to come up with a review soon.

      Yay for various Boneshakers!

  2. elena says:

    yay i’m so glad you enjoyed the cavendish home for boys and girls!! also “a tale of love, loss, and robots” is a FANTASTIC tag line. hope you enjoy your books x

    • Heidi says:

      I did! Hopefully I’ll have a review up for Cavendish soon, but it was wonderful, and Claire was SO SWEET and fun in person (of course). I’m hoping that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is as unique and fun as The Assassin’s Curse was!

  3. Ahhh your books are so pretty! I especially love The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls- that’s one for the Amazon wishlist! I wish I had more book events going on near me- would love to meet more authors. I would love it if you did some sort of bookshelf tour- I would absolutely love to see all of your books together! PRETTY x

    • Heidi says:

      Awe, thanks, Anna! I actually don’t own a ton of physical books believe it or not, because we have a small apartment without a lot of space, so I don’t feel like there’d be much to tour! I’m in love with everything about the physical copy of Cavendish though. I might have to steal my boyfriend’s phone to take pictures of it and do a separate post just featuring it. :)

  4. Awesomeness is a pretty amazing thing to drown in, isn’t it? I am insanely curious about Kate Milford’s books but my library doesn’t have them. Two of hers (those two, I think) are nominated for The Cybils so I’m really hoping to get copies and then donate them to my library, though I did ask them to purchase them and I hope they do. That koala is seriously adorable. I bet he looks awesome sitting on top of a row of books:)

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, yes it is! I’ll hopefully be able to read Kate Milford’s books soon! I LOVE the sounds of them–she described them as a retelling of the Jack of the Fables myths. He’s my least favorite character in my beloved Fables graphic novel series, but hopefully he’ll capture my attention here. Her sequel to The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands came out this year, so that’s likely the one on the list (though I think it might take place as a prequel, so you should be good to read it first–but don’t quote me on that).

      And my new little Koala friend looks adorbs hanging out with my few Aussie books! He’s totally perched on Marchetta, Eager, and Zusak atm. 😛

  5. Nafiza says:

    Yay, thanks for the heads up about Host’s book. I am hankering for more of her books after reading All the Stars. Also Vessel is really good and you might want to have books 2, 3 and 4 of the quartet available when you read the books because one of them has a heart stopping cliff hanger. Have fun reading!

    • Heidi says:

      You are most welcome!

      Hehe, I knew the third book in the quartet had a killer cliffhanger, which is part of why I’ve waited till now to start the series. I bought the first one to have it signed, but the others I’ll be able to pick up from the library!

  6. So many wonderful books! I really hope you enjoy Saltwater Vampires, Heidi, since I adored one of Eagar’s novels and I hope that Saltwater Vampires is good too. If it is, I might have to borrow it from you! 😉 I’m also SO excited to see what you think of Vessel, The Demon King, Tender Morsels, The Cavendish Home, and The Mad Scientist’s Daughter. I had no idea it was on NG, so hopefully it’s still available for me to request! I tried Vessel and while I enjoyed the first couple of chapters, I was invested in the characters and a couple of reviews warned me that was the case throughout, so I returned it back to my library. The Demon King was excellent, but, again, something about it didn’t let me connect with it. I loved the characters and realm, but there were too many for me to be wholly invested. I adored Chima’s The Warrior Heir though and The Wizard Heir and Dragon Heir were quite decent, so I might return to this series of hers someday. Anyway, splendid collection of books and happy reading, dear! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I was going to say, if I like it I’ll totally lend it to you!

      Sorry Vessel let you down, you’re actually the first person I’ve heard that from, so I may proceed with a bit more caution now. I need to read The Warrior Heir series as well! I’ll admit I was a bit embarrassed to have to say ‘no’ when Chima asked me if I’d read it.

  7. I’m so glad you alerted me about The Mad Scientist’s Daughter! I’ve been so psyched to read more from her but I’ve also been avoiding netgalley recently because I have no impulse control. 😐 I hope it’s great! Great haul this week Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I was SO glad I randomly decided to check NetGalley the other day. I’ve mostly been avoiding it as well, and have been doing a good job of NOT requesting things for months, but I just HAD to have this one. I hope it’s great too!

  8. I wish we had awesome YA book events in Syracuse. I definitely want to read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. I’m glad to hear it is kind of creepy. I love me some creepy books.

    Hope things are getting better after Sandy.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! It is creepy. I think if I had a fear of bugs it would be VERY creepy. Claire said a number of adults have told her they couldn’t sleep after reading it. If you liked Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, you’ll love The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.

      I’m thrilled to live somewhere where I can attend book events regularly. I grew up in Wyoming where the nearest bookstore was 180 miles away…so believe me, I feel ya on the lack of events. 😛

  9. A tale of love, loss, and robots?! HEIDI! You must read this and tell me all about it please and thank you.

    • Heidi says:

      Roger that, will do! I know I should be reading ARCs that come out sooner, but this one *might* just slip into my hands sooner rather than later.

  10. Jasmine Rose says:

    Oh man, I’ve been dying for a finished copy of Cavendish. I read an ARC and loved it, but I really want to see the finished art! Enjoy your books :]

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! The finished art is wonderful. There’s also lots of fun bugs, headers…I love pretty much everything about that book.

  11. I still am jealous about your signed copy of Vessel! Also a new book by Cassandra Rose Clarke! I am sure it’ll be just as wonderful as The Assassin’s Curse was. I’ve heard good things about Chima’s series and was thinking about reading that soon myself, so I’m eager to heard your thoughts on her books! You received so many good books! Awesome book haul, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I was lucky with the copy of Vessel. I actually hadn’t attended the event with Sarah Beth Durst due to work, but the authors who visit the shop are usually kind enough to sign extras. I got the last signed copy in the store!

  12. Man, I love Kate Milford’s writing. But seeing this makes me feel guilty about not having gotten to The Broken Lands yet, SOON.

    ALSO! I wish I lived closer to Books Of Wonder, so jealous of their cool events.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, they have awesome events! I really hope they’re able to stay in business. I’m worried they won’t be able to make their fundraising goals, because, let’s face it, the priority for donations is going to Sandy victims right now. I can’t wait to read Boneshaker, I’ve heard such amazing things, and Kate was so awesome in person! Lovely authors always make me want to read their books even more.

  13. VeganYANerds says:

    Hooray for new and signed books! Most of them are new to me about from the Cavendish one.

    And I’m so glad we did that book swap – I also like how the koala balances out the creepy SV cover!

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