Birthday Book Haul


Yesterday I had the best time celebrating my birthday with family and friends. I’m super excited about the 4 books I received and I just wanted to share my thoughts about each of the books in this haul.

1. Everything Everything By Nicola Yoon


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I’ve been meaning to get this book for a while now. The concept is so interesting. I have no idea what to expect with a protagonist that has been isolated from human interaction her whole life. Will she be able to somehow communicate with Olly without physically meeting him, will she sneak out? I have no idea, but I’m excited to find out! Also, the cover is so artsy, and it has hidden images in the middle of all the colourful chaos. Such as an airplane, buildings, a clock, headphones, a paper plane, etc. I wonder if these images will play any important role in the book…



2. When We Collided by Emery Lord


We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

When We Collided is another interesting contemporary novel because one of the main characters is actually dealing with mental illness. I have no idea what to expect, but this topic does not get mentioned in the YA book world as often as it should, at least not from what I’ve seen. The POV switches between Jonah and Vivi, they both have separate lives, their own struggles, but they end up meeting each other during a perfect point in their lives. I’m excited to see how their stories will merge and how their relationship will grow as they get to know each other’s situations.  

3. Dearest by Alethea Kontis


In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves “The Wild Swans,” “The Goose Girl,” and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?

Anyone who knows me knows that I love fairy tale retellings. From Once Upon a Time (the T.V show) to The Lunar Chronicles and the ACOTAR series. All the retellings I’ve watched and read so far are so unique even though they still loosely follow the original story. From the description it looks like this is a Swan Lake retelling, but it seems that the roles are reversed and seven brothers are cursed to be swans during the day. This is a companion novel in a series so I’m not sure if I have to read the other ones first or not, but regardless, I’m still really intrigued by the summery. Also, I found it funny and odd how the main female characters are named after the days of the week.



4. FlameCaster by Cinda Williams Chima


A burning vengeance.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

A blood-based curse.

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Destiny’s fiery hand.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

This is the only fantasy novel I received. I literally read the blurb once awhile ago and immediately wanted to get it, so I’m really happy I got it yesterday. I find that when I read a book in a specific genre that was absolutely mind blowing, (ACOMAF) it’s hard to find another book in that genre that could live up to my high expectations. I hope this book is it and I can’t wait until I read about this world of magic, action, and characters in interesting situations.


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