August Book Haul!

Man, I haven’t done a book haul post in so long! The last time I went book shopping was in APRIL! April. That was four months ago, how the hell am I not dead from lack of books yet? To be fair, I bought a lot of books in April (17 within one week), and that was after two straight months of book shopping, so taking the summer off was probably a good idea, both for my overstuffed TBR shelves and for my wallet. However, I’ve been hoarding some sequels (I like to buy a bunch at once), and I finally read The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, which I want to read the sequel of immediately, so I decided to take a quick trip and grab some sequels, Halloween books, and some just for fun.

I just hauled a TON of new books, and I am so excited to add them to my physical TBR. Three sequels, FIVE new Madeleine Roux books for Halloween, two preorders, and three just for fun! I’m going to have to find a way to fit these into my schedule...

Look at that stack, isn’t she a beauty!


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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken is the first of the sequels. I read the first one back in June, and I’m really trying to make an effort to read series closer together. It took me literal months to read Laini Taylor’s DOSAB series, and don’t even get me started on Sabaa Tahir’s Reaper series. I am the worst at reading them in a decent timeframe, which is ridiculous to me since I used to binge series all at once, and honestly, I prefer the middle ground. I like reading series close together because then I don’t miss anything! Thus, I’ve gotten the second in this duology in the hopes of reading it soon.

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Buying Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare gave me a little of a giggle because I haven’t actually read any of this trilogy yet. I have the first one sitting on my TBR cart right now, and it’s been there for a full month now, but I’m hoping to get around to it next month. After rereading the TMI series of the last year and a half, bingeing the last season of the show a few weekends ago, and reading two of the short story collections, I’m firmly back loving this world, and I really, really, really want to finally learn about the Will/Jem/Tess story.

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I saw this described as “James Bond, but if Oscar Wilde had written it,” which, to me, just translates to “guns and gays,” SO YA GIRL IS HYPED. I couldn’t actually tell you what Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly is about, but that’s mostly because I forgot summaries about as soon as I read them. I did read the summary again before buying, but I was struck by that description, and it was pretty much a done deal.

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Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier is one of my highly anticipated releases for this year! I loved Isle of Blood and Stone, which I’m even more proud that I read barely two weeks after I bought it. This is a standalone, though it is also a follow-up as the main character was a side character in the first book, so I definitely recommend you read Isle first. This promises adventures on the high seas and hopefully more cartography, and I can’t wait!

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Hi, my name is Mary, and I’m addicted to The Dark Crystal universe. If you didn’t know that before, here’s my absurd tag where I mention it as often as possible. Flames of the Dark Crystal by JM Lee is another of my anticipated releases of this year, and is the fourth in the young adult series, which the new Netflix series (THAT COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!) is based on. I also wrote a sort of primer about the universe as a whole because I am obsessed. Anyway, I can’t wait to read this. They’ve just gotten better with each installment, and I’m hoping to get to this very soon.

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Oh look, it’s the reason I’m even here hauling books! After finishing The Last Magician last week, I knew that I had to read The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell as soon as was humanly possible. I’m hoping to tackle a bunch of sequels next month, and this one is up first. I’ve heard some questionable things about it from some reviewers that I trust, but I’m willing to find out for myself if it’s good or not because I just adored the first one so much, so wish me luck!

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In part, yes, I am falling to the hype surrounding Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, but also, SA Chakraborty has a blurb on the back and my friend, Alex, thoroughly enjoyed this, so I’m falling to the hype happily. All I know about this is magic, Mayan lore, and jazz, and really, that’s enough for me. I’m a simple person when it comes to good books.

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If the cover for Nocturna by Maya Motayne didn’t knock me over, the tagline definitely did. A faceless thief. A desperate prince. A darkness unleashed. OKAY THANKS! Like I said, ^^^ I am a simple person. All I want are some sad boys, some thieves, and some good vs evil, and I am all set. Plus. I mean. Look at that cover. Was I really supposed to resist?

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I’m just dropping the first cover here, but I got the Asylum trilogy boxset by Madeleine Roux, which also includes Sanctum and Catacomb, the Asylum novellas, and the prologue, Escape from Asylum. My plan is to get to at least Asylum for Halloween, but I have two other Roux books I’m reading, plus a pretty hefty TBR for the month, so we’ll see if I get around to any of the others. I definitely could have waited to buy these, but I have two series that I’m planning on grabbing in September once the paperbacks are all out, so figured I’d get them now and save myself the trouble.


Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them?

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Mary RYT 200 Tibetan Buddhism Gryffindor Part-time witch, full-time novelist. Lover of words, planets, dragons, and mountains.

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