This week I went to Books A Million and bought a ton. I generally try to avoid bookstores, because once I hold a book in my hand, it's pretty much over. But since the husband offered to take me there, I accepted. Who wouldn't? He probably didn't expect it to be this bad, but I warned him it had been a while since I bought and there were a ton of new releases I wanted. The bottom seven books in the photo are all recent releases. Also, are you all aware of the cost of books these days? There is no way in HELL I am paying 17 dollars for a 200 page hardcover. I'll get it on my Kindle, thank you very much.
Speaking of the Kindle, I bought some e-books books this week because they were on special and I am ALWAYS looking out for Kindle specials. So I have a lot to show you this week.
I guess let's start with what I bought from top to bottom:
Why: Mostly because of my love for Balefire. I have had my eye on this series for awhile but I always wanted to buy them together and they were never EVER in stores together. This is still not the entire series. There are three more books. But...at least I have book one and two and I can read a big chunk out of it. I really like the way this author write about witches, so this should be good.
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Why: Because she is one of my top 5 YA authors. I don't love everything she writes. That whole TTYL series was terrible, but I do love Shine and Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks. So I thought I would take a chance. Plus, the blurb really makes me want to read it and I have had this one on my tbr for some time.
Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery
Why: See this book in person and tell me you don't buy it. That shade of blue. The velvet embossed cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. I know the reviews for this one are not the greatest so far, but I really wanted to read it because of the subject matter. And I DID say I would start trying to read more contemporary. And since it interests me, I picked it up since a lot of contemporary blurbs do nothing for me.
Embers and Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight
Why: Because I gave the first book 5 stars. Which I admit now may be a bit of an overrating on my part; it's more of like a 4. But...I still really liked it. Be very afraid, Mr. Knight. My expectations are super-duper high after the awesomeness that was Wildefire and Ashline. Oh, and another velvet embossed cover!
The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods #1) by Elizabeth George
Why: The cover is actually really pretty but that's not why I bought it. This one was all about the blurb and setting. I'll admit that the reviews for this aren't great, but nobody I trust has even reviewed it so I'm kind of throwing those reviews out the window. If I don't know you, I don't trust you. So I am hoping this one is as good as it sounds.
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin
Why: I am always on the look out for interesting middle grade reads. This one sounds great and the cover and book spine are absolutely brilliantly rendered. And they are even more attractive in person. I'll admit the blurb only kinda grabs me, but there are also some good reviews from reviewers I trust and that definitely helped hook me into buying it.
Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz
Why: I love purple covers. It is one of my favorite colors. But that's not why I bought this. It was all because of Blythe from Finding Bliss in Books and Giselle from Xpresso Reads. They raved about it so I grabbed it.
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Why: I don't know. I saw some of the interviews the author did and she just sounds like a creative bad-ass and I really wanted to read this book. The blurb really grabs me and once again, how could I pass up a possibly fun middle grade read?
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
Why: I like a lot of so-called boy books. Like The Maze Runner Series, The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, etc. I know there are more but I am drawing a blank. This sounded like another one I might like. I actually favor male protagonists over female protagonists in my ya. It's just that so many female protags are whine this and whine that and the boys have more variation in their personality. So yeah. I liked the blurb too and that's why I bought this one.
Now onto the e-books. There are just 3 this week.
Mistle Child (The Undertakers #2) by Ari Berk (Thanks to the author)
Why: First of all, this is my only review book this week. I also adored the first book in the series and I think it was my favorite read of 2011. That book was just so fucking special and unique and everything I look for in my literature. I cannot WAIT to dig into this one. Soon!
Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
Why: It was the Kindle Daily Deal and it has been on my tbr for what seems like forever. That cover is awful though.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Why: Again, Kindle Daily Deal. Plus rave reviews and the fact that it sounds like a fun middle grade. I'm all in for this one.
And that is it for me this week. Phewwwww! Leave me a link and I will come visit your posts! Happy reading!