Holiday Book Haul! And 2013 So Far…


January 12, 2013 by Heidi

I did it! I haven’t posted a Book Haul post in over a month…feels so good, I just might make it a monthly gig.  Which means, this month’s awesomeness is going to include my regular review and library shenanigans PLUS the wonderful Christmas goodies I received.

From the Library

Library Book Haul Jan 2013

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig (Audio): Loving this series, but I have to admit, I’m not enjoying this one so much…why oh why did Lauren Willig decide to write a book about two of the most unlikable characters in the whole of Regency England?
Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willing (Audio): Oh yes, I am holding out hope that I survive Crimson Rose with enough verve to go right into Night Jasmine.
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire: October Daye #5!  This means I’m nearly caught up.  I don’t know whether to cheer or cry.

I also read and already returned:
An Apple For the Creature ed. by Charlaine Harris: I only read Magic Tests, the Kate Daniels story by Ilona Andrews.
Home Improvement: Undead Edition ed. by Charlaine Harris: I only read Through This House, the October Daye story by Seanan McGuire.

For Review

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi book coverThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson book coverBroken by Susan Jane Bigelow book cover
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi: Already read and reviewed this one. Loved it!
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson: I really enjoyed last year’s The Name of the Star, so of course I’m chomping at the bit to read the sequel.
Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow: I’ve heard fantastic things about this series, particularly from Ana of The Book Smugglers.  I’ve been wanting to read it (especially now that it’s finished), so when I saw the first book on NetGalley I figured it’d give me a good reason to start!

Gifted Goodies!

Gifted Goodies Book Haul Jan 2013From my bookish BFF, Alyssa:
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz: Her latest, Splendors and Glooms made my Top 10 of 2012, so of course I wanted to read this one from her backlog.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley: Yes…I haven’t read this yet, but now that I own it I finally will!  Yay for some good ol’ fashioned vamps.
Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge: I read three amazing Frances Hardinge books last year which easily drove her to my favorite authors list–this is the first of the last two I have left!

Fairest by Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez book coverSilent Blade by Ilona Andrews book coverSilver Shark by Ilona Andrews book coverSteel's Edge by Ilona Andrews book coverNightshifted by Cassie Alexander book cover
From my wonderful family:
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It ed by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea: Women who love Doctor Who? That would be me! This includes a number of essays about the awesomeness of DW from a number of women including Cat Valente, Jody Lynn Nye, Carole Barrowman, and Seanan McGuire!
Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham: Already devoured this and loved it! Best Fables spin off yet, can’t wait for the next.
Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews: First novella in the Kinsmen series!
Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews: Second novella in the Kinsmen series!
Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews: SO SAD that this is the last book for The Edge series, which I have absolutely adored.  I may save this when I need some emergency Mar in my life.  At least I’ll have the Kinsmen series to turn to!
Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander: First in the Edie Spence series, which I’m very excited to try out!

I also got some other awesome Doctor Who goodies (like Dalek socks, a Weeping Angels shirt, and a Tardis ornament!), and some bookish Threadless shirts, but I’m far too lazy to dig through my laundry to find them for you at the moment.

Have you read any of these?  Excited for them?  Let me know what you think I should prioritize!

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  1. Michelle says:

    I LOVED Broken, though I’m not sure what you mean by finished? Perhaps I’ve missed something…wouldn’t surprise me with the whole being away from the internet for five months! :) I keep meaning to get the sequel, Fly Into Fire, but haven’t. (TBR lists are a blessing and a curse, yes?) I devoured Broken, and — when he’s a bit older — I see it being a book my son would really love as well. The aesthetic, writing style, etc., are all very his personality; it just deals with issues a little over my 8 yo’s head.

    • Heidi says:

      Oh yes, TBR lists ARE a belling and a curse. I meant finished as in the entire trilogy is released! Spark came out later in 2012. I’m so glad you loved it so much though, Michelle! That makes me even more excited to read it. I knew if I just said ‘I’ll get it from the library’ it would languish on my TBR forever. Getting it from NG means I WILL make the effort to read it.

  2. Oh you got Sunshine, Yayyyyy!!! I’m both excited (and apprehensive) and hoping you like it as much as I did, Heidi:) People run hot and cold with that book. I’m curious to see how you feel about it. And that’s my favorite of all the covers too!

    And I am so envious that you got The Madness Underneath! I can’t wait to read that because I adore Maureen Johnson and really liked The Name of the Star too:) Great books for you, enjoy:)

    • Heidi says:

      I’m actually kind of apprehensive about Sunshine because so many people LOVE it so much! I’m worried that my expectations are going to be too high, but maybe I’m just stressing over nothing. I actually freaking love this other cover significantly more, but I’m also not picky about what my books look like on my shelves.

  3. I can’t WAIT for The Madness Underneath! I too loved The Name of the Star (listened to it on audiobook) and I miss Rory!

    • Heidi says:

      Gah, I’ve heard the audio is REALLY GOOD, which kind of kills me since I’m such an audio fan. I may have to do that for a reread at some point!

  4. Angie says:

    SUNSHINE is a perfect book. End of. (youareofcourseentitledtoyourownopinionandiloveyounomatterwhat)

  5. I saw this post around two minutes before I left the house, hence the harried tweet and no comment, but I’m commenting now!(:

    First of all, Dalek socks are awesome! 😀 I need to hunt some down for myself now, for sure! I’ve seen the Weeping Angels shirt around a lot, so I’ll hopefully get it soon, and the Tardis is amazing, in any form, including an ornament! :)

    Onto your books: TtEN we both loved, Fly By Night I read around…uhh…I’m going to say three or four years ago, so I don’t remember anything from it AT ALL except that I liked it, so I hope you do too! I read McKinley’s The Blue Sword, which everyone loved except Catie and I who read it together, so I’m curious to see what you think of Sunshine. I’ve heard excellent things about it, but am hesitant to pick it up. I still need to get around to reading The Name of the Star (hopefully soon!), so I hope the sequel is just as riveting and ILONA ANDREWS! 😀 I need to finish up their books this year, although I will undoubtedly shed a plethora of tears when I’m done, but by then the new KD book should be out. SHOULD. *fingers crossed*

    Amazing haul, Heidi, I hope you enjoy them all! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      The Keep Calm and Don’t Blink shirt? That’s the one I have. :)

      I KNOW I’ll love Fly by Night because it’s Hardinge. I think you shouldn’t shy away from trying another McKinley book–I know most of hers are hit or miss, even among huge fans. There’s a very good chance you’ll like something of hers even though you didn’t like The Blue Sword. I’ll let you know!

      The great thing about Ilona Andrews is that they’re constantly putting out new material for fans…they write a lot on their website (which I believe is how the Kinsmen novellas first came about), publish short stories and novellas regularly in anthologies–there’s usually something more you won’t have read yet!

  6. Chachic says:

    Yay, you got Ilona Andrews for Christmas! Finished reading Steel’s Edge a few days ago, I hope I find time to review it soon. I look forward to hearing what you think of their romantic sci-fi novellas, I keep wishing they’d write more of those. Hey, I still haven’t read Nightshifted. Let me know if you want to do a readalong of that. 😛

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I’m really interested to see what they do with SciFi. I’m not usually a big SciFi reader, but I’ve been finding more of it that I like in the past year–and I’m sure if I’ll like anyone’s it’s Ilona Andrews. I hope you liked Steel’s Edge! I’m excited for Richard to get a book…I just love that whole Mar clan so much. I didn’t like Fate’s Edge as much as the first two (still need to write my review), but my hopes are still high.

      I’d love to do a read along of Nightshifted! We should. 😀

  7. Heidi!! Sooooo many awesome books!! You know that I am most excited about you reading the Pink Carnation books. Crimson Rose is my least favorite of the series so far because Mary and Vaughn are, just like you say, the most unlikable characters in the whole series. But it gets better right away with Night Jasmine!
    Good thing for bookish BFFs, huh? Alyssa gave you some goodies! I too have never read any Robin McKinley, even though I own Beauty, which I have been intending to read for ages. THIS YEAR, HEIDI. It’s happening for both of us.
    I’m getting into The Madness Underneath shortly and I am STOKED. I thought The Name of the Star was super, too!

    • Heidi says:

      Whew! Good to know they get better. I’m only about a quarter of the way through Crimson Rose atm…funny how it’s going to take me twice as long to get through as the other books because I don’t have that burning need to just sit and listen to it.

      I really want to read Beauty too! Yes! THIS YEAR–we’re gonna do it.

  8. Basically Alyssa rocks because she got you both Fly By Night and Sunshine both of which are books I absolutely adore. Sigh. I need to read more Frances Hardinge.

    ALSO! More Seanan McGuire. Pretty much you just make me want to read all of the books.

    • Heidi says:

      That’s just how I do, April. It’s kinda my thing. 😛

      (And you DO need to read more Seanan McGuire and Frances Hardinge).

  9. Enjoy Fly By Night! It’s the only Hardinge I’ve read so far, but I got Twilight Robbery for my birthday so that will change soon 😀 I also want A Drowned Maiden’s Hair, for the same reasons as you. Excellent haul!

    • Heidi says:

      Ana! I hope you DO read both Twilight Robbery and A Drowned Maiden’s Hair soon because I would absolutely love to know what you think of them (I have a hunch you’ll love them, so mostly I just want to see what you’ll say). :)

  10. I’m also excited to start Madness Underneath.
    Have no idea what Broken is — I’ll have to check that one out. The cover is certainly intriguing.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    • Heidi says:

      It seems superpower-ish–kind of X-Men-y. I’m excited! I don’t know a TON of people who’ve read it, but I’ve heard only wonderful things from those who have.

  11. I’m so glad you loved Through the Ever Night, Heidi! I absolutely adored it. The Aether is just so fascinating and the touching and strictly platonic relationship between Roar and Aria is absolutely perfect. Perry and Aria’s relationship is pretty damn awesome, too, but Roar and Aria’s is going to be tough to beat. Ah, Roar. I can’t wait to read your review! Great haul.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I LOVE that there was a male/female friendship that was so close and not romantic whatsoever. This book really highlighted their relationship, and I liked that Aria and Perry’s was kind of in the background, but still there and steady. :)

  12. YEAHHHH! Love this post! I actually got a copy of A Drowned Maiden’s Hair for myself from The Book Barn even though I have yet to read Splendors! I am glad that you loved all of your presents and honestly I can’t wait to continue with Doctor Who. Goal is to finish by BEA so we can fangirl together. It makes me feel so many FEELINGS!

    An ex bf of mine actually told me that he hates female writers (you can see one reason why we are no longer dating) but he told me that the only booked he liked by a female author was Sunshine so I picked it up (kind of hoping to hate it) and I really enjoyed it. That was YEARS ago and I plan on reading it again this year to remind myself of the awesomeness of McKinley!

    YAY for bookish BFFs!

    • Heidi says:

      Yay for bookish BFFs indeed!

      Oooh, I’m so happy you got yourself A Drowned Maiden’s Hair as well! It would be AWESOME if you caught up with Doctor Who by BEA. 😀

      C doesn’t usually enjoy books by female writers either, but he doesn’t demean them in any way, it’s just not his thing. I have pushed a couple on him (like Margaret Atwood), which he’s been able to appreciate.

  13. Francis Hardinge is a bad-ass and one of my favorite authors. I have only read one book by her but I am already won over. Fly by Night sounds fantastic. Enjoy!

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