I couldn’t resist sharing my most recent purchases as I am so excited to read them all!
As per usual, I went into Waterstones to buy one book and came out with five. I had only intended to spend a voucher I won through work but unfortunately they got me with their buy one get one half price offer. All of these books except one were inspired by posts I’ve read on here and various recommendations so I’ve tried my best to give credit where its due.
Circe by Madeline Miller
“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.”
After finishing The Song of Achilles I immediately added this book to my TBR and since then I have seen this book recommended and reviewed on so many blogs and by so many great bloggers but the most recent review of this book I read was by BooksandMe which you can read here.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”
I’ve read so many reviews of this book over the past few weeks that it was impossible to pick just one but thank you to all the lovely bloggers out there who shared their thoughts on this book!
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
“A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.”
I was originally put off by the cover of this book as it didn’t look like one I’d usually go for but after seeing so many amazing reviews for it I just couldn’t resist. One of my favourite reviews was by Sara at The Bibliophagist which you can find here.
Warcross by Marie Lu
“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.”
I had read a few reviews of this book and it just happened that the day before I went shopping I read a brilliant review by Rae at Thrifty Bibliophile that totally convinced me I needed to read this book. 24 hours later and I had bought it and added it to my physical TBR pile.
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
“It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …
Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated…”
This one wasn’t recommended but is the second book in a series by one of my favourite authors. If you haven’t read ‘The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson then you definitely should!
Thanks for reading! If you’ve read any of these books then please let me know what you thought of them in the comments below and feel free to share links to your reviews!