Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Book Shopping on a Whim - Second hand, Readers Warehouse and the Library

Book shopping on a whim - Second hand, Readers and the Library

As I'm sure you can tell I haven't been blogging lately. It's been over a year! *hides in shame* To be honest it was mostly because life got in the way, I lost motivation and I was in the absolute worst book slump in the history of book slumps. Therefore I just didn't really have anything to post about. But lately I've just had the urge to start reading again, and oh my goodness it is has been glorious to be immersing myself into the world of books. So I have so much to say about what I've been reading and buying for the last couple of weeks, so I thought I would come back with a haul, because who doesn't like seeing what people buy? Also it just so happens that I had the very sudden and strong impulse to go book shopping this afternoon, so I went to the library, the second hand book shop and readers warehouse. It was basically the best afternoon ever, so let the hauling commence.


A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. 

This book has been on my Goodreads TBR list since I first joined the website in 2014/15. I think a big part of why I never bought it was because it was never available in bookstores over here in South Africa so I would've had to buy it online, which was generally more expensive, due to shipping costs etc. (However, thankfully the situation has changed and we've got amazing sites like Raru that are reasonably priced and have no shipping costs, only a delivery fee, yay!) But by the time that these websites arrived, I lost interest in this book as new and shinier things came along. But on a whim I went to a second hand book shop and guess what was sitting on their shelves?! This beauty, for only R45!

In the fourth Demon Trappers novel, Riley faces the final battle for humanity and Beck's heart—and Hell is the least of her problemsNow that Riley’s managed to (just barely) fend off Armageddon, everything’s changed. Well . . . most things. After their passionate kiss before the big battle in the cemetery, Beck is back to treating her like a little girl, as if nothing ever happened. While she’d love to just tell him off and move on, Riley vowed to take care of Beck the way he’s taken care of her since her father’s death—but she’s about to get a whole lot more than she bargained for. When she’s commissioned to go with Beck to his hometown and help him care for his dying mother, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret, one that Beck fears will drive Riley away from him forever. As chaos breaks loose, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption . . . and survival.
Meanwhile, up in Atlanta, it’s quickly becoming clear that Heaven may have won a battle, but the war is far from over. Riley and Beck face a stormy future, as Lucifer's ex-right-hand-man, Sartael, proves himself to be more resilient than anyone thought. He has Atlanta in his grip and is about to begin a brutal war with the prince of Hell. As the seconds tick down toward a final confrontation, it's up to Riley and the man she loves to finally defeat their old enemy, or lose everything they've fought for.

This was another second hand book shop bargain which I'm so glad I can finally add to my collection of the rest of the series that has been sitting on my bookshelf uncompleted for years, because I could never find this book anywhere. So when I saw this for an absolute bargain, I bought it. If you haven't heard of this series, I really couldn't recommend it enough, it's definitely up there with my all time favorite books.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?
After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I read Truthwitch around end of last year or beginning of this year, not quite sure. Regardless, I completely fell in love with Truthwitch and I'm super excited to begin its sequel!

Now onto the library part of things, because who doesn't want to read free books? 


Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.

I read this book a couple of years ago and I very clearly remember loving this book but for some reason I never ended up picking up the sequel. Not sure why, but I've been meaning to re-read this book so I can continue the rest of the series.

THE DRAGONS OF TALON: Once hunted nearly to extinction, they are now poised to take over the world. 
THE ORDER OF ST. GEORGE: The legendary dragonslayers will stop at nothing to wipe dragons from the face of the earth. 
These mortal enemies are locked in secret and deadly combat, with humanity none the wiser. 
To take her rightful place in the Talon organization, young dragon Ember Hill must prove she can hide her true nature and blend in with humans. Her delight at the prospect of a summer of "normal" teen experiences is short-lived, however, once she discovers that she's also expected to train for her destined career in Talon. But a chance meeting with a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. 
As Ember struggles to accept her future, St. George soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian is tasked with hunting her down. But when faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to uncover the truth about dragons.

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book when it first came out but I never picked it up, so I found it at the library (a wonderful place full of free books aka heaven) and I'm super excited to try it out and see what its all about.

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

Once again, this is one of those books that has been surrounded by a ton of hype since it was released so I'm anxious to finally pick it up. Took me long enough!

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

You know the drill, lots of hype, heard its amazing, blah blah, therefore I thought I should pick it up.

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

I've been on a bit of a fantasy/paranormal kick, and I heard that this was good and the blurb made it sound like something that I would enjoy, so I picked it up. Not much thought to it really besides the fact that it consists of princesses, magic and spies. What's not to like?

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