February Book Haul of love a slightly violent things…


February 9, 2013 by Heidi

It’s been a whole month and I’ve managed to collect and read a fairly reasonable stack of books.  I’d like to say that I’m seasonally reading romantic books because it’s February and all, but as you will see…that’s not entirely the case.

From the Library

February Book Haul

The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. DunkleI’ve been seeing this book around for some time (no surprise, it’s been around a while), but I finally picked up this wonderful Beauty and the Beast retelling.  It’s set in a world that could be one and the same as Elizabeth C. Bunce’s A Curse Dark as Gold (a Rumplestilzkin retelling I also recently read), and I fell utterly in love after only one paragraph (in fact, it’s easily my favorite read of 2013 thus far).  I’ll certainly be chatting this one (and A Curse Dark as Gold) up in future Retro Friday posts.

Envy by Elizabeth Miles Argh…so I checked this one out, but I’m still debating with myself whether or not to read this one before the final book is released this fall.  Envy readers, thoughts?  I loved Fury, but it would be nice not to have to wait again…

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion:  I really wasn’t going to read this one.  I wasn’t.  I just…zombie love?  I can’t.  And then Isaac went and got all high and mighty about YA (note: Warm Bodies is not shelved as YA throughout my library system).  But the trailer for the movie was just too good, and I caved.

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham Ah!!  SO GOOD.  But I’ll say this about almost any Fables related anything.  This stand-alone graphic novel focuses on Bigby (my favorite!) and his experiences in Story Town with some old…friends.  You could totally read this one without having read Fables proper, there are only very minor spoilers and the back story from WWII is completely recapped.  Definitely worth tracking down if you’re a fan of the series.  Side note: I read this at court waiting to be called for Jury Duty.  There is a LOT of blood and nudity…I’m sure the people in my direct vicinity were horrified.

Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuireWhat?! My last October Daye book before I’m caught up?!  I’d put this one off and milk it if it weren’t a 14-Day check out for its newness.  All’s I’m sayin’ is, there’d better be some kitteh action.

February Book Haul


The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan I was coming out of the library and did a double take as I noticed this spine on their sale shelf.  Clearly a sign that I need to get over my disappointment in Team Human and read this series already.

Fly Into Fire by Susan J. Bigelow:  Last month I got Broken, the first book in the Extrahumans series for review.  Friends…it was freaking awesome.  Super hero lit at its finest.  I immediately went out and bought the rest of the series.  I’ve already finished this one as well, and while I didn’t like it as much as Broken, it was well worth reading.  I’ll probably talk about the whole series in one future post since I’m blowing through it.

The Spark by Susan J. BigelowLast book in the Extrahumans series.  Criminally under read.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff:  I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to join the super secret book YAckers extraordinaire, and this month we’re YAcking about Paper Valentine.  We’ll see who loves it, who hates it, and if I can get over the fact that it has another character named Finn.

Fly Into Fire by Susan Jane BigelowThe Spark by Susan Jane BigelowPaper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

For Review

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells:  Like Demon’s Lexicon, this one kind of fell into my lap and it felt like fate.  After listing it as one of my most anticipated reads for 2013, Strange Chemistry was wonderful enough to put it on NetGalley.  Yes, please.

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta:  !!!  I’m currently participating in Hannah’s Lumatere read along, which will culminate just in time to devour this final installment of the series.  I want to hug Candlewick for giving us the chance to gush about this one as soon as we’re finished with Froi.  If you’ve read Finnikin already, you can check out my thoughts from our first week of reading here.

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha WellsQuintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
All in all an excellent month! Let me know what excellent reads you’ve picked up lately, or what you thought of any of these.


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  1. I wasn’t planning to read Warm Bodies either and then I saw the trailer on TV one day and now I just have to read the book. I can’t wait to see what you think of it and I hope it’s as good as all the hype claims. Also, DEMONS’ LEXICON! 😀 *happy dance* I just LOVED Demon’s Lexicon and even the sequel, Demon’s Covenant. Although I read them both when they first released, which was a few years ago, I still remember being so blown away by them. I do have to caution you that the third novel isn’t as strong as the first two, or the first for that matter, but I really hope you enjoy it, Heidi! I’m looking forward to comparing notes on it for sure! :)

    • Heidi says:

      I was kind of disappointed in the movie because the trailer had me thinking it would be funnier than it was, but it was still a cute unconventional romance, and really well done film. I’m not sure that I’m going to read the book now that I caved and watched the movie first now though, I think the hype got to me a bit. I promise to read Demon’s Lexicon soon! And to have the sequels on hand to save my sanity. 😛

  2. Michelle says:

    Very nice haul! How lucky were you to find Demon’s Lexicon at a library sale! I’m with Keertana that the third book isn’t quite as good as the first two, but I really love them as a set. (I read all three in one weekend while stay in the mountains with my entire family. They SAVED me!) Also, congrats on the YAcker invite! I’d only recently discovered them, and it seems like an awesome group of ladies to be hanging out and discussing books with. :) Also, I second your comment that the Extrahumans series is criminally under read! I wish there was something more I could do than just write ridiculously glowing reviews and recommending them to everyone I know.

    • Heidi says:

      I was pumped to find Demon’s Lexicon at a library sale! Fantastic deal–it honestly looks brand new. I’m sure I’m going to read them as a set as well…hehe, in fact I’m about to go on a family vacation myself–maybe I should take them along! The YAckers are awesome! I hope you enjoy our chats. :) I’m with you on the promote Extrahumans bandwagon–I want more people to pick this series up, it’s so unlike anything else out there, and people would love it!

  3. I tweeted at you because I could NOT hold in my joy over The Hollow Kingdom (I am waiting to read the last one because I am so IN LOVE with the trilogy I don’t want it to end) and A Curse Dark as Gold. I picked up Curse as an impulse at the library and was head over heels for it. No one has read it and I am STOKED for your thoughts on both of these books! WEEE!

    • Heidi says:

      OMG I LOVED The Hollow Kingdom so much, it’s really ridiculous. A Curse Dark as Gold was also fantastic, I’m so glad you found it on impulse–those are the best finds!

  4. Angie says:

    Ooh. Looking forward to those future Retro Friday posts.


  5. These books are awesome, Heidi! I’ve added a few to my own TBR (hello, The Hollow Kingdom and Fables), need to read a few as well (looking at you, Demon’s Lexicon, which I OWN but haven’t read yet; and Fury/Envy, which have been on my TBR forever but now that I know you loved Fury, I’ll have to get on it), and will now commence to getting excited to see your thoughts on Paper Valentine, which if I’m being honest, surprised me with how much I liked it. I tore through it, and I don’t often have the time to tear through anything in a day or two lately. I hope that your fatigue with the name Finn didn’t prevent you from loving Finny Boone!!
    I cannot WAIT to read Quintana, as you know. And, just out of curiosity, I checked my library system for their Warm Bodies shelving: it’s not YA in my county either. I would love to see your thoughts, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      OMG The Hollow Kingdoms IS AMAZING. Seriously, I am in love. Also, I’m a huge Fables fangirl, and incredibly excited to see anyone picking that series up.

      I tore through Paper Valentine too, and also liked it more than I expected to! Didn’t love it, but found it surprisingly creepy and intense (in a good way). Love Finny Boone.

  6. I gave in to Warm Bodies too, though I was less resistant than you. My sister finished it a couple weeks ago and told me it was AWESOMECAKE and I believe her. Can’t freaking wait to see the movie already! And I’m thinking about The Demon’s Lexicon series… and then I remember Unspoken, and I stop thinking about it. AND I NEED TO FINISH FROI SO THAT I CAN READ QUINTANA.

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, at least The Demon’s Lexicon series is complete! She CAN’T torture you with it! You should finish Froi, you’re always welcome to join the read along! We’ll be reading Froi in March and Quintana in April. I actually gave in and saw the Warm Bodies movie before I read the book…now I can’t decide if I’m still going to read the book or not.

  7. LUMATERE! OMG I was having heart palpitations thinking I wouldn’t be approved to read this and then everyone would be able to continue on without me and then I’d cry and cry over not getting to meet Quintana immediately. Thankfully, that’s not the case. So I can’t wait to meet Finnikin and Froi and then Quintana because I can already tell I’m going to fall hard for these books. And didn’t the timing work out perfectly for the read-along? I’m still pumped about that haha! And I’m all over hugging Candlewick with you! Seriously.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m SO GLAD you got approved for Quintana, Hannah! I’m seriously LOVING this read along so much, I’m so excited to go through all of these books with you ladies. The timing is perfect!

  8. Your library has Fables! I am incredibly jealous. I want to read it so badly, but I can’t. *whines* I love when people share their library book hauls, but I never do, because I read about 10% of the books I check out, and people would judge me, I know it.

    I liked Paper Valentine a lot, but I wasn’t coming from a Finn-hating perspective. Good luck!

    • Heidi says:

      Lol, I do end up reading basically everything I check out from the library. My library system is amazing, and I’m so grateful for it–they have all Fables!

      I did end up liking Paper Valentine quite a bit–not loving it, but definite like.

  9. Okay, seriously, I wasn’t planning on read Warm Bodies either because of what the author had to say about YA. But I went to see the movie, and now I kind of want to read the book. But I am definitely NOT going to buy it, so there :)

    Also, I loved Paper Valentine. I loved it so much more than I was expecting to love it.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, after seeing the movie (which I liked, but didn’t love), I’m not sure I am going to read it anymore. I’m terrible about reading books if I’ve already seen movies, but I still might…it just might be a while.

  10. Chachic says:

    I’m still not done with Paper Valentine, I will try to read a couple more chapters today! Also, I really want to watch the Warm Bodies movie.

    • Heidi says:

      I hope you get to see Warm Bodies when it finally starts showing over there! Also excited to hear your thoughts on Paper Valentine when you get it read. :)

  11. Holly says:

    I agree with Angie – you simply MUST read The Demon’s Lexicon. How lucky to find it at a library sale.

    For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the film of WARM BODIES but I liked the book more. It’s more serious and less cute overall and the ending isn’t tied up with a neat little bow. And the writing is lovely at times. I hope you give it a try even though you weren’t impressed by the film.

    • Heidi says:

      It was incredibly lucky to score Demon’s Lexicon! For 10 cents. o.O

      I did LIKE the film for Warm Bodies, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I think I might still give the book a chance, but I may wait a while now to let myself forget everything that happens.

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