I know September is long gone, and I didn’t think I’d bought enough books to warrant a haul, but, spoiler alert, it turns out I bought quite a few. You might want to grab a cup of tea, because this could be a long one.
The first book, or books, I bought was Empire of Storms by the one and only Sarah J. Maas. This should come as no surprise to anyone. I preordered two copies, on eon my kindle so I could read it the second it was release and the other a signed paperback from Waterstones. This is the fifth book in a YA fantasy series, about the deadliest assassins in the kingdoms, a young girl called Celaena Sardothien, who competes in a competition to become the king’s champion. The story has expanded a huge amount since then but for spoilers sake we’ll just have to leave it there.
Next I bought The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss on my kindle, which is a really highly rated epic fantasy. I’m not sure exactly what the story is about but I’ve heard that the main character is narrating his life story and that was enough to get me interested.
Continuing with the windy theme, I got Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.This is an epic historical fiction revolving around Scarlett O’Hara, an heiress to a plantation in the South during the American civil war. I absolutely love the film and spend my Christmas Eve watching it every year, so I’m really looking forward to meeting Rhett and Scarlet in book form.
My next purchase was in audiobook format and that was Leigh Bardugo’s fantastic Six of Crows, which I read earlier this year. This is a fantasy about six outcasts who are recruited to take part in an impossible heist. Are you hooked yet?I loved the multiple narrators, but if you want to know more check out my October wrap up.
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris is a complete mystery, but that’s what I bought next. I basically bought it because I love the character of Loki, the trickster god both in theory and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From what I understand this is told from Loki’s POV and to be honest that is intriguing enough for me.
I love, love, love, Charlaine Harris, both her Sookie Stackhouse and Aurora Teagarden series so I just couldn’t say no where I saw that Midnight Crossroads was on offer. I didn’t really understand the plot of this one, other than the fact that Midnight was a small southern town, Charlaine’s specially it seems. But according to the trailer for the TV adaptation this is an urban fantasy murder mystery. Sounds hell of a lot like the Sookie Stackhouse books so I am straight in there.
The reason for purchasing another copy of Six of Crows was to prepare for it’s sequel, Crooked Kingdom which came out toward the end of the month. For spoiler related reasons I can’t really say much other than the obvious; it a YA fantasy about six outcasts and the aftermath of what happened in the previous book.
Beautiful Stranger is another sequel, to Beautiful Bastard, but I think it’s going to be more of a companion novel became it doesn’t deal with the same characters as last time. This series is by Christina Lauren, and is Contemporary New Adult, or NA, that focus completely on the romance between the two main characters. This one gives us a brand new set of characters, and possibly a brand new ship in the forms of Sara and Max, neither of whom ever would have guessed that there might be more to their one night stand. I’m hoping that like the last book this too will be told through alternating POV’s because if there’s one thing I love, it’s alternate POVs.
I’ve already read Angels and Deamons and The DaVnci Code, so why shouldn’t I continue on with the Professor Robert langdon series with, The Lost Symbol. These are all mystery/thrillers and usually very concentrated on history and ancient symbols, since out main character is a symbologist. This mystery takes place in the U.S where Professor Langdon’s colleague is kidnapped and the only way to save him is to delve into the mysterious world of the Masons. I’m sure this will be a lot of fun and I really want to get on this series so I can go and see the movie adaptation of the next book, Inferno.
And finally, comes The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, an epic fantasy about an orphan trickster. It reminds me of Kaz in Six of Crows which was enough for me to pick it up. The plot itself revolves around Locke, the afore mentioned thief, as he attempt to gain control of the city’s underworld. At least that’s where it sounds like it’s going, but the main character of Locke seems so interesting that I don’t really care.
And that’s it for September, Nearly all of the were on my kindle so I don’t feel as guilty about buying so many. I have a nice mixture of genres, both adult and YA, so really it’s a pretty good haul.
Have your read any of these? What did you think about it?
Thanks for reading! xoxo