Welcome back to another anti-book haul! You guys seemed to like my last anti-haul, so I thought I’d bring it back again. If you didn’t see my last post, an anti-haul is a list of books that I’d really like to buy, but haven’t! I’m working on saving a little bit of cash for some exciting Life Things, and this seems to help!
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.
I absolutely love the sound of this book — and that cover! The Bone Witch is a book I’ve been struggling to find in bookstores here in the UK. It just doesn’t seem to be stocked anywhere! Fortunately for me, online shopping exists and this is one I’d love to pick up soon. If I recall correctly, the cover for the sequel has just been announced so it’s a great time for me to dive into this world.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
As you may recall, I recently read and reviewed E. Lockhart’s newest book Genuine Fraud. I really enjoyed it, but have heard a lot of people saying it’s nowhere near as good as We Were Liars. Naturally, that caught my attention! I’d really love to read more suspenseful books and this looks like a great place to start.
Roar by Cora Carmack
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
I honestly don’t know much about Roar, but I’m intrigued by the description. Also, look at that cover. The Stormlight Archives is one of my absolute favourite series and it also heavily features weather and storms, so I’d be curious to see how Roar stacks up (although it obviously wont be as intricate and complex). My only worry would be that Sanderson has ruined me for any other storm-based magic system.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
1920’s New York! Murder! The occult! Honestly, The Diviners sounds like my catnip and I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet. I read and loved A Great and Terrible Beauty by the same author, but I hear people talking about this series far more often.