New Year Book Haul!

Happy 2020, everyone! Today, I’m bringing you a book haul!

The last time I did one of these was back in May, which seems like such a long time ago. Surprisingly, though, I haven’t bought very many books since then. I think this haul might be smaller than my last one was, actually. The problem with waiting so long between hauls, though, is that there’s a chance I might have forgotten some of them. In any case, I have 9 books to haul today, so let’s get into it!

Rebel by Marie Lu

You may have heard me talk about this book before. Actually, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard me talk about most of these books before.

This is the sequel/companion novel to the Legend trilogy, which I’m a big fan of. It’s set several years after the end of Champion and follows some familiar characters from the original series. I can’t really tell you much more than that (and also I don’t really know much more than that) because I don’t want to spoil the first series, but I’m both excited and nervous to read this book. I still haven’t read it yet because of that, but I think eventually my curiosity and love for these characters will win me over.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

This is the only book in this haul that I’ve actually completed at the time that I’m writing this, and some of these books I’ve had for months. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how my reading life has been going this year, I don’t know what does.

Anyway, this is a YA contemporary romance about a girl whose boyfriend breaks up with her in the parking lot outside of prom, and then after he leaves her there, she convinces another boy to go into prom with her and pretend to be her boyfriend. As you can imagine, hijinks ensue. I’m not usually a big fan of romance, but this one was pretty cute from what I can remember about it—I read it a while ago, back in June, so honestly, I don’t remember very much.

 Enchantée by Gita Trelease

This is a urban fantasy novel set in Revolution-era France. I’ve actually read a little of this book, and then got distracted and put it down (that happens to me a lot), but I do want to get back into it eventually.

We’re following a girl who’s trying to keep her family alive, and she uses magic to do it. Then somehow she ends up going into the French court in disguise, I think? I’m not really sure, but I love France and I love magic, so I’m hoping I’ll love this.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

This is the first book in an adult high fantasy series that I’ve been wanting to read forever. I don’t really know much about it, but I think the magic system is based on light and colors, which kind of gives me Warbreaker vibes, and you all know how much I love Brandon Sanderson. I’ve also just heard a lot of good things about this series. Hopefully I can read it soon.

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

This is the fourth and final book in the Three Dark Crowns series. Since it’s a sequel, I can’t tell you much about it without spoiling the first three books, but the first book, Three Dark Crowns, is set on the island of Fennbirn, where each generation, triplet queens are born, each with a different magical ability. They are raised separately, and when they come of age, they have to fight to the death, and the victor becomes the new queen.

My favorite thing about this series is how rich it is. The characters and the world are both great. If you haven’t read the first book, I would definitely recommend it. I’m really excited to read this book, hopefully soon.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

All I really know about this book is that it’s fantasy and that it got a lot of buzz when it came out, which is kind of all I need to know. I’m excited to get to it.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silva Moreno-Garcia

Look at how beautiful that cover is! It’s gorgeous. Similarly to We Hunt the Flame, I don’t really know what this book is about, but I’m excited about it anyway.

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller

From what I understand, this is a King Arthur retelling, but instead of the sword choosing a boy, it chose a girl. Also, it was apparently set to become a show on Netflix before it was even published as a book. I’m usually a little wary of books like that, but the premise of this one sounds really cool, so I’m hopeful that I’ll end up liking it.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

This is my most recent purchase. I’ve been meaning to get my hands on this book since it came out back in November, but I was only able to very recently. Brandon Sanderson is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I loved the first book in this series, so of course I plan on reading the next one. To be honest, it’ll probably be one of the first books I pick up after I get through the 3 books I’m currently reading. I’m super excited to finally have this book!

Those are all of the books I had for this haul! Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or if you want to read any of them.

Thanks for hanging out with me, and I’ll talk to you next time!

-Ariel

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