Although, I told myself I’d be a little more restrained this year with my book purchases, I travelled to London recently to visit my sister and made the mistake of venturing into Forbidden Planet. Needless to say, my book buying ban went out the window. However, my bank balance is still in a good shape, there were quite a few sales going on of their fiction titles, so it’s not all bad!
Not Even Bones | Rebecca Schaeffer
Series: Market of Monsters
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Fiction, Dark, Contemporary
Summary: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.
This book has been on my wish list for so long, but I’ve never actually seen it in stores anywhere before. I had to get it, and I’m so excited to get started. It seems so dark and Nita sounds like an incredibly interesting protagonist.
The Babysitters Coven | Kate Williams
Series: The Babysitters Coven
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Fiction
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.
And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.
Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?
The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”
Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
This book is another one that’s been on my wish list for ages, and the cover was simply too gorgeous not to pick up. It sounds like a brilliant read, with entertaining narratives and an engaging plot-line.
These Witches Don’t Burn | Isabel Sterling
Series: These Witches Don’t Burn
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Paranormal, Witches
Summary: Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.
But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.
While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.
Witches! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’d know by now that book involving Witchcraft is my weakness. This book has been on my wish list for so long now, so the moment I saw it in store I just had to pick it up. Fingers crossed it’s as entertaining as it sounds!
Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Contemporary
Summary: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
I’ve seen so much hype surrounding this title, that the moment I saw it in the sale (Signed!) I just knew I couldn’t pass it up. Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors, so there’s no question of whether I’ll enjoy this read.