February 2016 Book Haul.

Book Haul

I thought I’d do my monthly book haul a little early. I have time today to sit and do it and I don’t think I will on Monday. Plus, I don’t plan on getting anymore books in the next two days.

This month is going to be a bit longer than usual because I got a little over 30 books. Not something I plan on repeating next month.

So, let’s get started.1

The first two books I received from Hachette New Zealand to review. I requested a copy of
You and Me, Always be Jill Mansell to review.

I’ve already read and reviewed this. You can check out my review here.

I enjoyed You and Me, Always. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I will have to check out some of Mansell’s other books from my library when I have more time to read. My TBR pile for March is ridiculously tall at the moment.

2The second book from Hachette New Zealand was a surprise. I didn’t request this one because I’d already read this. And own a copy of it. When this arrived with You and Me, Always I had to make sure it wasn’t sent to me by mistake.

When I found out it wasn’t I thought it was a great opportunity to re-read this before I saw the movie adaptation. Apparently because I’d already reviewed See Me by Nicholas Sparks for Hachette NZ they decided to send me this as well. I was told I didn’t have to review it if I didn’t want to but I did review it. I don’t know why but I have enjoyed most of Sparks’s books. I think there were two or three that I didn’t really like.

You can check out my review for The Choice here.

The next books I got from Book Depository. The new box set of the Harry Potter series. I 3already own all the originals covers but I love these covers and so when they went on special I couldn’t resist.

I think I’m going to re-read this series soon, not that I need to. But I want to read them again before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released later this year. I’m going to start with my illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone and then continue on with these covers.

My mother and friends think I’m crazy having two copies of the same series but it’s Harry Potter and these covers are gorgeous!!! Β I don’t think there’s anything as too much Harry Potter!

4The next book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I’d seen Tiny Pretty Things a lot on Bookstagram but never in the stores.

I’ve never read a book about ballerinas before this and the competition at this school is brutal. Sometimes even life threatening.

I can’t wait for the sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces, to come out this year so I can see what happened to the girls.

You can check out my review for Tiny Broken Pieces here.


This is another one I got from Book Depository. Β I’ve read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest but haven’t read Winter or Stars Above yet.

I’d been re-reading the first three books before Winter was released (I’m up to Cress now) but I haven’t got a copy of Winter yet. I did win a giveaway on Instagram in December last year which was a copy of Winter but nothing’s turned up. I think I’m officially giving up on it. But that’s the reason I bought Stars Above.

I will get a copy of Winter one day. Hopefully I won’t be spoiled before I have the chance to read it.

I love The Lunar Chronicles and can’t want to see what Marissa Meyer comes out with next.

I received the next two books from Walker Books Australia and New Zealand to review. I’ve6 read them both and thought they were both okay. I gave them both three stars on Goodreads.

You can read my review for 101 Pieces of me here. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve read but it did take a long time to catch my interest.

The Hired Girl was a bit better but the problem I had with both books was the protagonists were too naive for me. Which I think was due to their upbringing and in The Hired Girl’s case the girls age too. I don’t know. They just really annoyed me.

I’ll be posting my review of The Hired Girl soon so if you’re interested on reading my thoughts keep an eye out.

7I bought a copy of Glass Sword from Book Depository when I saw they were selling signed copies. It’s very rare an author I like comes all the way to New Zealand and if they do they only do signings or whatever in Auckland which is six hours away from me in a car. And kind of expensive in a plane for a book signing. So I couldn’t pass up a signed copy of Glass Sword, especially when I loved Red Queen so much.

I’ve already read and reviewed Glass Sword because I received an advance copy from Hachette New Zealand last month. If you want to read a spoiler free review you can check mine out here.


I bought Anne of Green Gables from Book Depository too. I’ve wanted to read this for so long and when I saw this on sale I couldn’t resist. It’s just so pretty.

I think I’m going to be reading it next month for a book club I’m in on Goodreads. I’m not sure yet though.

I want to get the other books in these editions. There are Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess and Alice in Wonderland. I’ll get them one day, there’s no rush πŸ™‚

I saw a poster of Deep Blue on Hachette New Zealand’s Instagram account and asked them 9what it was because the title wasn’t really clear. When they told me what it was I looked it up and thought it sounded like something I’d like. So they were kind enough to send me the first book in the series.

I’ve already read and reviewed Deep Blue on my blog. I posted it yesterday but I’ll link it here if you want to read it.

This book is a little like the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan except instead of demigods there are six mermaids on a quest to save their world from an evil force that wants to destroy everything.

Another book from Hachette New Zealand. I got so many from them this month.

I’m reading The Butterfly Summer at the moment. I think I’m 80 pages in so I still have no10 clue what’s going on. But hopefully things will start making sense soon.

There isn’t much of a synopsis on the back which is why I don’t really know much about it. I suppose I could look it up on Goodreads but that might give things away and I like going into books blind.

I know I liked the sound of it when I requested it to review and I don’t normally request books I don’t like. Although I have done it once. Hopefully I haven’t just jinxed myself. There are a lot of good reviews on the back so it can’t be bad. I won’t have much time to read over the weekend which is why I’m doing this post now.

When I saw The Reaction by Helena Coggan was available to review I didn’t hesitate to 11request it. I bought a copy of The Catalyst last year in a book clearance and even though I hadn’t read it I thought having the sequel might be a good push to finally pick it up.

I finished The Catalyst the other day and really enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to reading this so I can find out what’s next for Rose and her father and friends.

I’ll be posting my review of The Catalyst soon so if you want to know what I thought of the book you’ll have to keep an eye out for it. I think it’ll be up this week though,


Hachette New Zealand were really kind and sent me this trilogy by Helen Lowe. I saw a photo of Daughter of Blood on their twitter account and said that it looked like and interesting book and they said they’d send me a copy of the trilogy.

I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because they arrived out of order but I am really looking forward to them. The first book is The Heir of Night. I hope to read it next month.

I’d never heard of these books before Hachette NZ shared a photo of the third book in the series but I’m glad I have now. The covers are pretty photogenic together πŸ˜‰

I’m really sorry about the quality of this photo but I wanted to show the gold foil on the 13cover. Hopefully I can get a better one when I read the book.

I received this and one other book from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. I’d heard about this last year and when I saw it on their site I really wanted a chance to review it.

The story sounds amazing and I know it’s gotten some mixed reviews but I haven’t read any of them because I want to form my own opinion of it.

The cover looks so much better in person. I obviously haven’t read this yet but I will be picking it up next month.


The second book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy.

I’ve read this but haven’t reviewed it on my blog yet. I’m hoping to get it posted next week. I’m so behind in my reviews it’s not even funny.

So I’m not going to go into it here because I’ll be doing Β a full review soon but Moth Girls in about two girls who went missing when they were twelve and five years later are still missing. Their friend Mandy is still affected by their disappearance and it follows her as she tries to figure out what happened to Petra ad Tina. It’s told in both Mandy and Petra’s perspective, in the present and from five years ago.

I received a copy of Not if I See You First from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. I don’t 15think I’ve ever read a book in the perspective of someone who is blind before so this really interested me.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Again, I’m hoping to pick it up next month.

One interesting fact that I already know about this book is that it has braille on the cover which I think is pretty amazing. I’ve never really seen braille before.

I’m really looking forward to reading this one soon. As well as all the others on my TBR at the moment.


I bought a copy of Cress because I thought Winter was still going to be sent to me and I had Stars Above already.

Not that I own a copy of Cress it’ll be easier for me to re-read it. I did have a copy from the library but took it back when this arrived. I still don’t see any hurry to pick it up because I’m not going to get a copy of Winter until it comes down in price. At the moment it’s $32NZD and that’s a bit too much for me.

I got my copy of Cress from the Book Depository.

I’ve slowly been getting copies of the Heroes of Olympus series from Book Depository.17 don’t like the UK covers which is why I buy my copies online so I can get the US editions. They have much better covers ❀

I’ve already read this series so it doesn’t matter what order I buy the books in now. I now own The Son of Neptune, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus.

Now all I need are The Lost Hero and The Mark of Athena but I’m going to wait for those to come down in price a little too. I wanted a year for this one to come down, I can wait just as long for the other two.

The next six books I got in a clearance sale at The Warehouse. None of them cost more 18than $10 and the cheapest was $3.

I’ve wanted to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy for years and now I own all three I can marathon them. Same with Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. I own all three now and cal marathon them too because I haven’t read those. either.

I’ve also wanted to read We All Looked Up, The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Accident Season for a while now.

Because none of these are review books they aren’t on my immediate TBR so I’ve no idea when I’ll get a chance to read them.
The next five books were all sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. So I can stop repeating my self now and just talk about the books. What I know about them anyway.Β 19

Rouge Wave and Dark Tide are the next books in the Waterfire Saga. These only arrived on Tuesday so I haven’t had a chance to read them. Not that I’m not dying to pick them up next.

I’m hoping these will be able to answer some questions I have from Deep Blue. Some things were left hanging in the first book and I really hope they will be addressed in these so I don’t have to wait for the fourth book to be published to get answers.

I’m not going to talk about these because I haven’t really seen what the synopsis of Rogue Wave says because I know it’ll make me want to pick it up now and I can’t.

This is an advanced copy of Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. The cover won’t look like this 20when it’s published next month. Six Four has been translated from Japanese. Apparently it’s one of the biggest selling crime novels in Japan.

It sounds really good and I love trying to figure out what happened. I’ve seen people say that this one is hard to figure out and that it’s slow to start but if you make yourself push past it you’ll be thankful you did. I’m glad I’ve seen that. Not that I have a choice, I have to read it because it was sent to me for review.

All I really know about this book is that a girl goes missing from school and the police botch the investigation. Then, I don’t know how many years later, a press consultant to the police (I think that’s their job title) starts to look over the case and soon wishes he never did.


The Butcher’s Hook is set in London in the 17oo’s. I think it follows a young girl as she falls for someone her family doesn’t see as a good match for her. That’s pretty much all I can remember from the synopsis. I really suck as this.

I know it jumped out me or I wouldn’t have requested it to review. But like I said before I like to go into books blind. Which is good for me because clearly I can never remember what half of them are about anyway.

I have been seeing this online now that the release date is coming up. Or it’s already been? Next month I will have more information because this is embarrassing.

The last book I received this month was Song of the Skylark by Erica James. On the back of 22this one it says that fans of Jojo Moyes will like it. And okay, I’ve only read two books by Jojo Moyes but I really liked them both. So I’m hoping I’ll like this one too.

I remember a little bit about this one (success!). It follows a young woman as she works in a nursing home and one of the elderly women she looks after starts to tell her about her life. That’s all I got. So maybe not really such a success after all…

I have finally reached the end of my February book haul. If you are still reading this then I am so sorry it took so long and thank you for sticking with me.

Next month will not be anything like this! I do not think I’ll ever get 37 books in one month again.

I want to say a huge thank you to all the publishers that sent me books to review but especially Hachette New Zealand for sending me 13 books this month. I’m very grateful for them all.

Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them.

– Aimee.

4 thoughts on “February 2016 Book Haul.

  1. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES! Yay! I love those books so much, even as an adult.

    But *ahem* let me be a responsible adult and actually comment on other things (without all caps). This is such an awesome haul! So many books I need to check out.. I may actually go and buy the first Victoria Aveyard book. I’ve heard so many good things! Six Four sounds really cool as well. And omg Rebel of the Sands! I really need to read that! Also, ooh, the Hired Girl!

    You’re doing things to my TBR and I love it πŸ˜‰

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    • I’m looking forward to reading Anne of Green Gables.
      You should definitely give Red Queen a go. I know it has a lot of hype but I loved it and Glass Sword is just as good.
      You sound interested in a lot of them lol. I’m always happy to makes someone else’s TBR as big as mine πŸ™‚


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