May Book Haul.


Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.


The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??


The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.


May 2016 Book Haul.


I was supposed to be doing a Top Ten Tuesday post today but it’s beach reads and I don’t go to the beach so I decided to post my May book haul instead. Hopefully I can do next weeks Top Ten Tuesday.

I got a total of 24 books this month. I read one of them and have read three of them previously. I have a lot of books on my TBR pile now. I posted that to my Instagram if you want to see, my handle is @aimee_reads23.1

The first book was sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The synopsis of this really drew me in when I read it.

I think there’s some kind of plague where people are burning alive or something and this woman has caught it. She’s desperate to find a cure because she’s pregnant and wants to save her baby. That’s as much as I remember. I was surprised when the book arrived to see it’s about 700 pages or more.

Hopefully I can read this soon, although it may take me awhile to get through.

2I emailed Penguin Random House New Zealand and asked them if there was any chance I could review The Hidden Oracle and they were so kind and sent me a copy.

This is the only book I’ve read from this haul. As soon as I’d finished reading Flawed by Cecelia Ahern I picked this up. I love Rick’s twist on Greek mythology and was so happy to get back to this world.

I have reviewed this and you can read that here. I don’t post reviews with spoilers, or I try not to. But I do recommend that you read the Heroes of Olympus series before you pick this up if you haven’t already. It gives some updates on the characters from that series.

3The third book was a surprise from Simon and Schuster Australia. I didn’t remember requesting this and when it showed up I was a little bit confused. I don’t know if it’s my kind of book, which is why I didn’t request a copy but I might give it a chance. It does sound interesting.

I think it’s something about a lost pearl and follows two people over different continents as someone tries to find it. That could be completely wrong but I guess I’ll find out when ever I get around to it.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Ruined to review. I first heard of this last 4year so when I had the opportunity to review it I was really excited.

I saw Amie Kaufman had read this and I have loved her books so I am even more excited to get to this soon.

I have completely forgotten what this is about. I think it’s a fantasy though and I love fantasy books. I wish they hadn’t changed the cover though. The ARC cover was so pretty and I think the US edition still has that cover. I don’t really like this one but hopefully the story will make up for it. I don’t want to judge the book on it’s cover before I’ve even read it. I think if I do like it I’ll buy another edition. Mine is a little damaged. 5

The next four books I received from Walker Books Australia to review.

This one, Burn Baby Burn, is set in the seventies while the Son of Sam, a serial killer is on the streets.  This girl meets a guy at a restaurant she works at and I think she starts falling for him. But in a time where anyone can be this killer, cans he trust this new guy? That’s pretty much all I remember.

The disco ball looks better in person, especially in the sun. But it’s going into winter here and so I have really crap lighting. Be prepared for really crap photos over the next couple of months. 6

I think Tripping Back Blue is about a boy who is selling drugs or doing drugs in a way to save someone he cares about but finds out that that isn’t the best way to go about it. Obviously. I mean, drugs are never the answer.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this because I hate drugs but I also wanted to give it a chance and not judge it just because of that.

I’m hoping I like it. I love this cover thought. I’m not really sure what’s going on with it but I love the colours.

The publicist at Walker Books Australia that I talk to said this was one of her favourite 7books of this year so I definitely wanted to find out why. She’s recommended me a few books that I’ve loved so I’m sure I’ll love this too.

This books about first love that defines a lifetime (I know, a bit cheesy but I’m hoping there’s more to it than that). Apparently fans of David Levithan will like this. I haven’t read many of his books and the ones I have read I thought were okay, not worth all the hype. But I have only read two or three, not really enough to judge.

I’m hoping to get to this in June. I think that’s when it’s released but I could be wrong. 8

The last book I received from Walker Books Australia was Maladapted. It says on the cover that it’s a must read for fans of The Maze Runner. I did like that when I read it a few years ago. Hopefully I’ll like this too.

This follows the aftermath of a terrorist attack where Cillian was the only survivor. Now he and Tess are trying to figure out what happened and they find a link to his father. That’s pretty much all I remember. I don’t know how that sounds like fans of The Maze Runner would like it but I guess I’ll find out when I read it. It was one of the reasons that I requested a copy to review.

The next four books were surprise book mail from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d been 9looking at two of them online but didn’t know they’d been sent to me.

The first one I pulled out of the parcel was Unrivaled by Alyson Noel. I’ve never read a book by her before but I’d read that fans of Pretty Little Liars will like this and I love that show so I was interested to see what this is about.

I think this is the first book in a series but I’m not really sure. I’m sure if it’s anything like Pretty Little Liars that I’ll love it. I’m not going to go into it with expectations though because that will end badly.

I love this cover, it’s so simple but so pretty. 11

The second book I received was Queen of Hearts. I’d been looking at this, not only because of the beautiful cover, but because it’s about the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland and how she came to be the way she is. At least, that’s what I think it’s about. There’s also something about her father, the King of Hearts but I can’t remember what.

It’s been a long time since I last read Alice in Wonderland but I loved it  when I did. I’m not sure if it matters though. I’m sure it takes place years before Alice’s adventures. But isn’t the cover of this amazing? I feel like I keep saying that.

The other book that HarperCollins New Zealand sent me I’d never heard of. When I read 10the synopsis of Disruption (I think that’s the first one) it reminded me of Slated by Teri Terry and I loved that trilogy so I’m sure I’ll like this too.

It’s a little different but there is some kind of microchip involved, like Slated, but I think it does something different in these books.

I think these have been re-released with new covers. Someone on Twitter said that she loved these covers better than the ones she has but as I’ve never heard of them before so I have no idea. But I do like these covers, especially Disruption. 12

Raymie Nightingale was sent to me last month from Walker Books Australia but only turned up recently because someone forgot to put New Zealand on my address so it has been on an adventure.

This book takes place over a summer and is about friendship. I think Raymie enters a competition but can’t remember why. I’ve never read one of Kate DiCamillo’s books before but I am looking forward to this one. I don’t know when I’ll get to it but it’s not very long so I think I’ll be able to squeeze it in too.

The next two books I received from Hachette New Zealand to review. The Crystal Run is 13Sheila O’Flanagan’s first YA book. I’ve never read any of her other books but this seemed interesting. And my photos does not do the cover justice.

Smoke sounds really good too. I think it said on the press release that it’s the missing link between J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman. I’ve only read one book by Philip Pullman but have two more on my shelves to read. And if you didn’t already know I love J.K. Rowling. So I couldn’t resist this. I think it’s about sin, the more you’ve sinned the more you’re coverd in ash or something and the higher up are, apparently, sin free. I doubt that’s possible but I’ll find out when I read the book. I know there’s something about a school and a trip to London where some pupils discover something to so with the ash. I think. 14

The last books I received from publishers this month were from Scholastic New Zealand. These are both the third books in a series I read and reviewed last year.

Thatchthorpe is the third book in the Bloodtree Chronicles. I reviewed the first two books Sanspell and Bragonsthyme on here last year. You can click the links to read them. I’m not sure if this will be the last book in the series or not.

The Towers of Illica is the third book in the Star of Deltora series. I’ve also read and reviewed the first two books, Shadows of the Master and Two Moons. You can click the links to read my reviews.

I’m hoping to read both of these soon. They aren’t very long so I’m sure I’ll fly through them.

The last books I got at a Red Cross book sale. I have lasted over a month on my book buying 15ban and broke it for these. But, they only cost $24 for all seven. Not bad when one book in New Zealand can cost that much.

I was so surprised to see the collector’s edition of Insurgent there but I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. It’s so pretty and has deckled pages!

I’ve slowly been collecting the Bloodlines series and now all I need are Bloodlines and Silver Shadows.

I’ve never heard of Dark Alchemy, which is full of short stories, and The Replacement, which is a different take on changelings I think, but they both sounded really good and for that price I couldn’t say no.

Then there’s One Day. I’m sure I’ve seen the movie but I can’t remember much about it. I’ll get to it one day.

So, that’s my May book haul. How many books did you get this month?

– Aimee.

May Book Haul.

11351921_10155511740445018_2065331110_nI think I went a little book crazy this month. I don’t normally buy this much in a month so I really doubt it’ll happen again.

11124024_10155511778495018_1964558546_nThe first book I got this month was Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I found it in a second-hand bookstore for $10 and when I got home I looked for Through the Zombie Glass on Book Depository and saw that it was $12 for the hardback and I couldn’t miss that deal so I got that too. I’ve read them both and loved them. My review for Alice in Zombieland is on my blog and I’ll be reviewing Through the Zombie Glass soon. I’m currently reading The Queen of Zombie Glass now but it’s a library book. I really want to get a copy of my own though one day.

When I went shopping one day I saw the Throne of Glass series in a set (minus The 11292937_10155511779830018_1451919846_nAssassin’s Blade) for $36 or you could get them individually for $20 each. That doesn’t even make sense to me but I couldn’t pass up on them. I have read them all before and they are so freaking good. But they were all from the library and now I have my own copies. I can’t wait for the next one to come out but I’m a little scared too. I don’t want them to end.

I have the Assassin’s Blade already. I think I got that in a sale. Buy one and get one half price. Stupid book sales sucking me in. Every time.

11348942_10155511775770018_770102991_nI also got A Court of Thorns and Roses the same day. I was kind of surprised to see it on the shelf because it had only come out a few days before and normally it takes a few weeks before I see them over here. Which is why I love Book Depository.

I haven’t read this yet but I am really looking forward to it. I keep seeing really good things about it and I’m dying to dive into it but I’ve had too many library books, still do. Hopefully I’ll get through them soon.

I saw this on the shelf and as it was the last one I couldn’t resist. Three books for $18 was11280314_10155511767890018_72561570_n too tempting. I haven’t read any of them, the size of the book it kind of putting me off but I think I’ll just read one of them and then something else. Then come back to it. I don’t normally read books in a series/trilogy back to back unless they completely hold my attention. Like the White Rabbit Chronicles have. I’m not sure about these yet but I have been wanting to read them for a few years. I’ve just never seen them in a shop before now.

Plus, it’s a really pretty cover. I love all the butterflies.


I don’t know why I got this book. I’ve read Ally’s Matched trilogy and didn’t really like it. Actually, it was kind of boring and predictable.

So I’ve no idea why I picked this one up. I really hope it’s better than her other books but from what I’ve been told I not sure about that.

I don’t know much about it other than it might be set under the sea. I could be wrong though. Probably am.
11348764_10155466448440018_1032745745_nLast week I went to a book fair in my town and I only found two books. There were a lot of really old books that weren’t in the best condition. So these are the ones I came home with. Both for $5.

My mother said I should read Flowers in the Attic last year and this is the first time I’ve found a copy of it.

I only bought A Tiny Bit of Marvellous because it was written by Dawn French and she’s hilarious. Kind of a stupid reason to by a book but oh well. It sounds alright but I’ve never read it. I can’t even remember why it stood out

11355435_10155511759055018_177852050_nThese are the next lot of Little Black Classics that I’ve had on order. There’s one missing, I don’t know why, but when that turns up I’ll have all the ones that interested me out of the 80 that have been released.

15 doesn’t seem a lot but at $3 a book it kind of adds up and there is no way I’m getting all 80 as much as I love them in case I don’t like them and even with the ones I’ve got I’m not 100% sure that I’ll like them. We’ll just have to wait and see. At least they won’t take long to read.

Yesterday I went to another book sale held by the Red Cross. They do it once a year where I live and its huge. The last time I went I think I got one book but I never read it.

This time I got four for $20. I think my best score 11263227_10155508561605018_1491573191_nwas Dangerous Women which has a sticker on the back that I can’t get off that says it was $50 and I got it for $6. It’s in pretty good condition too but you can’t really complain for that price.

I’m glad I finally found a copy of The Queen of the Tearling. I have The Invasion of the Tearling to review and I wanted to reread this before I started The Invasion so I ordered from the library again. Now I have my own copy.

I’ve also started to get the Bloodlines series. I’ve read the books and loved them so I wanted to have my own copies. I haven’t been buying them in any order. I have The Ruby Circle and now The Golden Lily. But I have this OCD where all the books in a series have to be the same size (doesn’t work all the time) but I’m determined to have the same sizes in this series.

And then I got The 5th Wave. I haven’t read this either but I’ve heard good things and it sounds like something I’d like. Maybe. I don’t know anymore. We’ll see.


I also got Dorothy Must Die yesterday but not from the book sale. I’ve had a problem with the Google Play Books app on my tablet and I lost half the books that were on there. This was one of them.

My mother took pity on my and got this for me. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve wanted to since I heard about it last year. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon because I ordered The Wicked Will Rise from the library, they don’t have this.
The last book I got this month arrived yesterday 11289811_10155511776745018_1871774394_nbut I ordered two weeks ago I think. It’s taken 10 days to get here so yes two weeks ago.

I’ve been waiting for The Heir to come to the bookstores over here but even though it was released the same week as A Court of Thorns and Roses I only saw it for the first time yesterday. Took long enough.

When I got home and saw this on the bench I was so happy. I love The Selection Series and even though I’ve heard mixed thoughts on this book I’m sure I’ll love it. Even if there isn’t a lot of America and Maxon in it for me. I’ll at least get to see what happened after that perfect epilogue.

So, that’s my haul for this month. Sorry it took so long to get through. I doubt you’ll be seeing this next month.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I love hearing from you.

– Aimee