March Book Haul ~ 2019


Another month, another book haul and March provided an interesting assortment of titles. First up is the great Schwab release storm as I picked up the rerelease of The Near Witch, the rose gold exclusive A Gathering of Shadows, and the first volume in the Shades of Magic comics, The Steel Prince. Other March releases I grabbed were Once & Future, InternmentThe Everlasting Rose, and Queen’s Shadow. I also received Four Dead Queens and Vortex Visions in book boxes.

What did you pick up in March?

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Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, & Book Love

Today I’ve got some short thoughts on three graphics I picked up recently. Check them out below!

TheSteelPrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Published by Titan Comics on March 6, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

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Thursday BackLIST: Fave Retellings

Thursday BackLIST is a new feature hosted by Novel Knight that highlights lists of backlist titles based on a specific category each week. Everyone is welcome to join!

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As I’m participating in Beat the Backlist this year I thought it would be fun to participate in Novel Knight’s new feature on occasion. I’m delving into an earlier theme of retellings and sharing some of my backlist faves. Check them out below!

deathlessKoschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.


ella enchantedAt birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.


EpicCrushofGenieLoGenie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.

Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.


fablesWhen a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.


ToKillaKingdomPrincess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


WickedWhen Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.


wrathanddawnOne Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


Have you read any of these retellings? Which ones are your favorites?

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January Book Haul ~ 2019


Wow did things get wild book purchasing wise this month! Honestly I expected a lot of the new releases to end up in this haul but I didn’t count on my library book sale or Book Outlet dropping a bunch of new stuff or even falling in love with a backlist series I needed immediately. So good job me!

In terms of new releases I picked up The Wicked King, Firestarter, The Gilded Wolves, Kingdom of Copper, Song of the Dead, The Vanishing Stair, and of course both The Severed Moon & King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Courting Darkness also came early.

From Book Outlet I bought Alex, Aprroximately, Dumplin’, Stay Sweet, Puddin’, Summer of Salt, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Thicks as Thieves, and The Edge of Everything. I also picked up The Day of the Duchess from Half Priced Books.


From my library book sale I bought Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, Wicked and the Wallflower, The Kiss of Deception, and The Beauty of Darkness.

Alright just writing all that out was tiring…

So, have you read any of these books? What did you get in January?

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October Book Haul ~ 2018


Well October ended up being a wild book buying month! With a ridiculous amount of new releases and one phenomenal conference, my shelves are overflowing with amazing titles. The first photo is strictly new books and book box picks while the bottom is my purchases from Sirens Conference and yes I carried these all back in my suitcases.


What did you pick up in October? Any thing I need to check out?

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September Book Haul ~ 2018


Wow! My book buying kind of got out of hand in September. At least a portion of it was from a library book sale so I only spent like $2 for 8 books. Actually let’s start there. I picked up the entire Magnus Chase series from Rick Riordan (The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor, and The Ship of the Dead), The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, Freeks by Amanda Hocking, The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, and not pictured Thrawn by Timothy Zahn.

Then come the massive amount of new releases. Yes, I’ve got two copies of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. I also bought An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, the Toil & Trouble anthology, Wildcard by Marie Lu, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

Have you picked up any of these books?

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February Book Haul ~ 2018


Look at all those gorgeous books! Yep, February was a pretty solid book buying month for me and I picked up quite a few new releases as well as some backlist titles I needed for my shelf.

The first bunch were some of my highly anticipated titles as preorders of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang arrived.  I also couldn’t wait any longer for Sightwitch by Susan Dennard so I popped in store to buy it.

I took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s online 3 for $30 YA sale and bought Hunted by Meagan Spooner, The Defiant by Lesley Livingston, Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

Rounding out the month I popped into B&N for Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller and Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza and my preorder of Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston arrived too.

Did you pick up or receive any awesome books this month?

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December Book Haul ~ 2017


Oh look. The Christmas season made my book haul explode. Don’t let that picture fool you.

As far as new releases in December I picked up The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova, The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill, and Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills which came in this month’s OwlCrate. I also picked up the illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and my preorder of Chainbreaker by Tara Sim came early.

For TBTB Secret Santa I received Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, and an arc of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee. I also got The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows during my book club Christmas celebration.

Of course I got sucked in to another Book Outlet sale and picked up eight books. I got Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Saints & Misfits by S.K. Ali, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, The Reader by Traci Chee, Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, Internet Famous by Danika Stone, The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, and Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu.

Did you buy or receive any books in December?

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November Book Haul ~ 2017


November was a hefty month on the buying front. With collector’s editions being released and Black Friday shopping, I knew this would make for a massive haul. I’m still waiting for a package so the stack above may look small. Don’t let it fool you.

I picked up quite a few special editions this month including the B&N A Darker Shade of Magic, the City of Bones 10th Anniversary edition, and B&N hardcover edition of The Princess Saves Herself In This One which is signed. I also grabbed some new releases in Renegades, The City of Brass, Into the Black, and The Mortal Instruments graphic novel. Plus the OwlCrate book of the month was The Glass Spare.

I managed to snag eight titles in the Book Outlet Black Friday sale. Hopefully Lost Stars, Radiance, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, The Refrigerator Monologues, The Valiant, Tiger Lily, The Artifact Vault, and The Invasion of the Tearling will arrive at my house soon.

Did you pick up any books in November? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned?

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Baubles for Book Lovers: A Holiday Gift Guide


The holiday season is finally here! That means gift giving and bringing a little joy to those you love. Personally I think bookish people are pretty easy to shop for but I’m always up for recommending fun finds for the literary lovers out there. Now books are always an excellent option but these small picks are all inspired by fiction.

Let’s get started!

Bookish Candles

What could be better than scents inspired by your favorite books and characters?


There are so many candle companies these days but most of them put out some amazing creations. Candle buying can be super addictive so receiving one, in my opinion, is extra special. Here are some of my favorite retailers:

Icey Designs ~ Novelly Yours ~ Wick & Fable ~ Canterbury Road Co ~ Alchemy & Ink



Every book fanatic is in need of a bookmark or two or twenty to mark pages and the selection online is absolutely stunning. Whether your book lover is a fan of the magnetic, wooden, or paper style, there is definitely something for everyone. Check out these companies:

Happy Hello Co ~ Fiction Tea Designs ~ NerdyGrlDesigns ~ Ink & Wonder


Enamel Pins

If you’re in need of the perfect stocking stuffer, look no further than enamel pins! They’re adorable and are easy to display at home or out in the world. Check these cool options out:

Fable & Black ~ Icey Designs ~ Out of Print

Art Prints


I am the biggest sucker for art prints and posters particularly photo sized so that I have enough room to display them all. Plus notecards with art on them are also excellent gift ideas. Look at these creators:

Reverie and Ink ~ Stella Bookish Art ~ Evie Seo ~ Nerdy Post


Did these picks get you excited for holiday gift giving? Do you have any recommendations?

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FYI: This post is in no way sponsored by any of the companies mentioned above. These thoughts and opinions are solely my own.