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January Book Haul

New Year= New books.

Thats how it works right? I’ve had a fairly big book haul this month. I’ve bought a lot more books than I usually do, but what can I say I like books. I’m not going to apoligise for it!

Given that I’ve only bought 16 books this month, isn’t massive compared to other books bloggers and vloggers. But I have a lot of juggling in my life and I’m trying not to overload my To Be Read pile. Although I’ve definitely considerable added to the never ending TBR list.

You can watch my Book Haul video by scrolling down, or you can read the blurbs below.

But lets get down to the interesting part….the Book Haul List!

A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E.Schwab

I got this series because it is so hyped in the book community, everyone’s talking about and raving about it….and I still haven’t read it. In order to feel like I’m a bit more up to date with books, I decided to give this one a go and see if it lives up to the hype. This series includes A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.

A Darker shade of Magic follows Kell, a rare blood magician that is able to travel between parallel universes – or more in particular parallel Londons. There’s 4 different Londons Kell travels between: Grey, Red, White and Black. Officially Kell works as an ambassador between Londons, unofficially? He’s a smuggler, a defiant hobby that sees dangerous consequences, which Kell is now witnessing firsthand. After an exchange goes tremendously awry, Kell has to survive the consequences in order to save all the worlds. 

You can buy A Darker Shade of Magic here. 

The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix

This series has been cited as so many sources of inspiration and it’s always given high reviews I knew I just had to give it a read at some point…queue yet another purchase. This series includes Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, as the first three books.

The Old Kingdom series follows Sabriel, a boarding school pupil who has had little experience of the outside world past the wall. No knowledge of the power of free magic or the dead that won’t stay dead. But when her father goes missing, Sabriel must venture into the unknown to find him. 

Buy the Old Kingdom series here. 

The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater.

Again another super hyped book series in the book community that I have read. I usually steer clear of overhyped books because I’m afraid they won’t live up to the hype, but this month I’d thought I’d take a risk and jump into some new series. The Raven Boys series includes The Raven Boys, Dream Theives, Blue Lily, Lily Bue and the Raven King.

All her life, Blue has been told that she will kill her true love. Coming from a clairvoyant family, Blue has never seen the soon to be dead, never spoken to them. Until a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. 

Find the Raven Boys series here. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Literally, this month is just filled with hyped books. This book in particular I came across through A Clockwork Reader’s youtube videos, so I thought I’d give it a go, as she recommended the series. This book actually has an interesting base in Ancient Rome, which is a nice change away from your standard fantasy setting of Western Woodland, like LOTR’s and ACOTAR.

An Ember in the Ashes follows Laia, who ekes out an existence in the impoverish backstreets as a slave girl. But everything changes when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason. Laia is forced to seek out the rebel faction to rescue her brother, making a deal that changes her life. In exchange for help, Laia must spy for the rebel’s from within the Empire’s military academy.  

Buy An Ember in the Ashes here. 

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

This book I didn’t necessarily buy, but it is on my list of Anticipated Reads for 2019, so I would have bought it eventually anyway. This particular one I actually received in the Fairyloot subscription for January’s Unbreakable Bond box.


Circle of Shadows sees two apprentice warriors, Sora and Daemon living in a kingdom of peace. Feeling unable to prove themselves worthy of the title Taiga, Sora and Daemon are sent on a routine scouting mission. What isn’t so routine, is that they come across a mysterious band of soldiers, taking a risk, Sora and Daemon infiltrate the soldiers to discover more information. A story filled with magic, ninjas and god this is a book I can get behind. 

Buy a copy of Circle of Shadows here. 

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Again another Booktube recommended read, this time by Sam from A Thought of Tomes.  I’m ready to being slightly freaked out by this one, looking forward to it as well!

Three girls, Marion, Zoey and Val, see their storys comes together on Sawkill Rock. A beautiful eden-like island, with rolling pastures and crashing waves. An island that rumours and whispers of insidious monsters and disappearing girls. Noones dared fight the dark before, until now. 

Buy Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand here. 

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Sequel to The Cruel Prince, I just knew I had to buy this book to find out what happens. I’m a huge Holly Black fan as well, so there was no way I’d miss out on another of her books.

The Wicked King follows Jude and Cardan’s journey as they become the Puppet master and the Elderking. After tricking Cardan into the crown, the new High King tries to do everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. All the while, a traitor in the court schemes against her, drawing in the powers of a neighbouring court. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of her family, all the while fighting her feelings for Cardan. 

Grab a copy of the Wicked King here. 

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

One of my most anticipated reads for 2019 was realised in January so I jut had to buy it this month. I’m so looking forward to continuing on in the Grishaverse and watching some of my favourite characters grow and evolve. 

Continuing Nikolai, Zoya and Nina’s stories during the aftermath of the Civil War that was fought in Ravka 3 years ago, in the original Shadow & Bone trilogy. Delving deeper into Nina’s loss, and Nikolai’s struggle to right a kingdom, all the while fighting the infection of darkness the Darkling left after the war. 

Buy the beautiful King of Scars here.

The Bindings by Bridget Collins

This book I originally bought because I’m a Magpie and a sucker for a beautiful binding. Enter the Binding by Bridget Collins. Not just a pretty cover, but a beautiful storyline that will literally stay with you after you’ve finished. 

Emmett Farmer is forced to take on a bookbinding apprenticeship, much to the horror of his family. But books in this world aren’t your usual stories and words, books in this world are memories. Memories taken and bound into books, to be forgotten by the owners, to gather dust on the shelves. If you want to forget, you go to a binder. Emmett begins to settle into his new path and future, until he discovers a book with his name on. A Book he can’t remember. Soon everything in his life will be rewritten.

Buy the Bindings here.

Have you read any of these books? What did you buy this month?

I’d love to hear, so let me know in the comments section below!

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Thanks for reading!

Watch my January Book Haul Video.

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