Hey all! I’m back with another book haul, because buying new books is a wonderful experience. It’s been a few months since I’ve done a haul, but I really want to keep track of the books I buy and do these every month.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the books I’ve obtained this month.WIRES AND NERVE BY MARISSA MEYER
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
I have actually read this graphic novel already, and I ended up giving it three stars. It was good and I enjoyed being back in the Lunar Chronicle world, but it didn’t blow me away. You can expect a full review of this one coming in the first week of March. Check it out on Goodreads here.
CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Fun fact, I actually just finished this book about 20 minutes ago. Although, it’s another one that I have conflicted feelings on. Right now it’s sitting at a happy 3.5 stars (I usually avoid .5 stars, but I couldn’t with this one), but that may change in the next few days. If you want all my thoughts and feels, I have a review coming up for this one in two days! Check it out on Goodreads here.
FOR TODAY I AM A BOY BY KIM FU
Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant—grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter’s own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.
At birth, Peter had been given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, powerful king. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father’s ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl.
This is the last book on this list that I’ve already read, and it’s a book that everyone should read at some point in their lives (especially with a certain someone in office). It’s raw and heartbreaking, but ultimately worth the read. I gave this four stars, and you can read my full review here. Check it out on Goodreads here.
THE YOU I’VE NEVER KNOWN BY ELLEN HOPKINS
For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.
Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.
Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.
What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?
I’ve always been intimidated by Ellen Hopkins’ books. I don’t know if it’s the prose style, the sheer size of the books, or a combination of the both. However, this one caught my eye, and it sounds way too good to let it pass by. Let me know if you’ve read it, and what you thought of it! Check it out on Goodreads here.
CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES BY NATALIE C. ANDERSON
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.
With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.
It’s a murder mystery, set in Kenya, that follows one of the most badass sounding protagonists ever. Sounds good, right? You bet it does! This will probably be my next read, as soon as I finish ACOL. It sounds way too good to put off reading. Check it out on Goodreads here.
HOMEGOING BY YAA GYASI
The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.
This book sounds absolutely phenomenal, and it also sounds like it’s going to make me cry. Homegoing is a book I saw floating around the blogosphere a while go, with the line “this is a book everyone should read”. Considering I’m now telling that to people with For Today I Am A Boy, I think I should take my own advice. I’m hoping to read this in March! Check it out on Goodreads here.Have you read or hauled any of these books? If so, what did you think of them or how excited are you to read them? If not, did any pique your interest? Let me know, I LOVE talking about books with you all!