A birthday book haul! Welcome to my first book haul of 2020, that’s right. I’ve barely purchased any books this year! I set myself a goal this year to finish books I already own before buying new ones and I think I succeeded in that goal pretty well up until now. That being said, it is my 25th birthday next week (November 6th) and so I decided to treat myself to some of my most anticipated YA releases.
Fable by Adrienne Young
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.
I must admit it was the cover that got my attention here. I was browsing online for books and saw this cover and had to see what it was about. Personally, I love books about the sea and so this was a no-brainer, I had to add it to my basket for my birthday book haul. I also appreciated that it was a duology as opposed to a full on series, I’m definitely in the middle of far too many series at the moment!
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters
If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.
Ghost Wood Song, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead.
This book was one of my most anticipated for 2020. The story is like nothing I have read before! I love books that try something new or bring something different to the table and I feel like Ghost Wood Song is a book that does that. The cover is also gorgeous, just look at that!
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Sometimes the princess is the monster…
A captivating and utterly original Persian-inspired fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch.
There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away from everyone, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.
I am SO excited to jump into this story. It sounds so captivating and heart-wrenching. I really love the cover design for this book as well, I love when publishers push boundaries for book covers! The cover of this book really doesn’t give off that typical YA Fantasy fiction vibe. It is so bright and minimal which a lot of covers in this particular genre are not.
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
An epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us – and the lies we tell ourselves.
Secrets and lies always make for epic stories. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski is written with rich world building and intelligent story telling. I love that is has this mystery element to it, mystery is another genre that I enjoy reading so it is going to be fun reading this and trying to decipher the truth from lies in the plot between characters!
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Whatever you do, you must never speak to the Wicked. If you see them, hide.
Two sisters. One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself . . .
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin . . . desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
The final book in my birthday bok haul, Kingdom of the Wicked only released two days ago! After seeing so many positive reviews and beautiful posts on Bookstagram I was set on getting my hands on a copy! I finished Serpent & Dove recently and ever since I’ve really been in the mood for witchy books and this definitely serves one hell of a witch story.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Comment down below!