Christmas Book Haul
This time last month there were softly spoken words of “Merry Christmas!” “Happy Holidays!” and the like, trees all over the world decked in baubles, tinsel and twinkling lights.
Overexcited children shrieking and shouting, parents losing the plot over sudden changes to Christmas lists and bank balances were becoming extremely depleted following a sudden influx of last-minute purchases.
Ahh, Christmas! How I do love thee!
I’m actually serious – I love it, I love the festivities, the gift giving, the socialising (to a point – my little, introverted heart can only take so much) and I also love the fact that I KNOW I will unwrap at least one new book on Christmas morning.
This year did not disappoint.
Here I am, the end of January, sharing with you the books I was lucky enough to receive as gifts for Christmas 2018.
We Sold Our Souls – Grady Hendrix.
I know some wonderful people and one of those wonderful people found my wishlist via twitter and took it upon themselves to look through it and gift me this book. I was so surprised and so happy that someone had taken the time to think of me. (Side note – never underestimate acts of kindness!)
Here’s the synopsis for We Sold Our Souls.
In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.
Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.
This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.
The next two books I received just before Christmas and once again, they were a gift from someone who had taken the time to peruse my wishlist and pick out a couple of books they thought I’d like.
The first was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – an author I have not yet had the chance to get into, and am definitely looking forward to trying out.
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.
Then there’s Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – another author who I’ve heard wonderful things about and just haven’t got around to yet.
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
I’ve never really seen things the way you have.
Never truly lived in the world you call your own.
Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, and Mia must become a weapon without equal.
Before she seeks vengeance, she must seek training among the infamous assassins of the Red Church of Itreya. Inside the Church’s halls, Mia must prove herself against the deadliest of opponents and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult. The Church is no ordinary school. But Mia is no ordinary student. The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her.
And they drink her fear.
I’m so lucky that I have family members who feed my insatiable thirst for books, I was gifted:
They Both Die in the End – Adam Silvera
On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.
More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera.
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness but with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron starts hanging out with a new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s friends’ notices and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself.
Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is…
Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner
In a remote village surrounded by forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami’s babka and the low rumble of their Tati’s prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell – despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.
As dark forces close in on their small village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realise the old fairy tales are true . . . and could save them all.
So there you have it! The books I received as gifts this Christmas.
I was well and truly spoilt and am so incredibly grateful for the gifts I received.
Have you read any of these novels and if so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to know in the comments down below!
Until next time,