Book Haul: July 2022

She’s done it again guys, gals and non-binary pals. Yes, it’s another book haul even though I said I wouldn’t be buying any books this month. But hey don’t blame me, I got a Waterstones gift card and you know I just had to use it straight away. Well, only two of these were from Waterstones the others were from The Works but they were super cheap so it’s ok. Right? 

Beach Read by Emily Henry 

I’m taking the plunge, hopping on the bandwagon. Yes, I’ve brought my very first Emily Henry book and for only £5 in The Works. God, I love that place. 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Beach Read and as it’s summer I thought it would be perfect for the coming weeks. I could literally read Beach Read on the beach, I’m very lucky. Although this is the UK and the weather has taken a significant turn since I brought this. 

Synopsis: Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really

The Ivory Key (The Ivory Key Duology #1) by Akshaya Raman

I’m always the first to admit when I’ve brought a book because of its cover and that is exactly what has happened here. Although I did read the synopsis before actually buying it, I’m not that shallow. 

I’ve never read anything by Akshaya Raman before but the premise of this sounds really interesting and I’m excited to learn more about Indian Culture.

Synopsis: Vira is desperate to get out of her mother’s shadow and establish her legacy as a revered queen of Ashoka. But with the country’s only quarry running out of magic–a precious resource that has kept Ashoka safe from conflict–she can barely protect her citizens from the looming threat of war. And if her enemies discover this, they’ll stop at nothing to seize the last of the magic.

Vira’s only hope is to find a mysterious object of legend: the Ivory Key, rumored to unlock a new source of magic. But in order to infiltrate enemy territory and retrieve it, she must reunite with her siblings, torn apart by the different paths their lives have taken. Each of them has something to gain from finding the Ivory Key–and even more to lose if they fail. Ronak plans to sell it to the highest bidder in exchange for escape from his impending political marriage. Kaleb, falsely accused of assassinating the former maharani needs it to clear his name. And Riya, a runaway who cut all family ties, wants the Key to prove her loyalty to the rebels who want to strip the nobility of its power.

They must work together to survive the treacherous journey. But with each sibling harboring secrets and their own agendas, the very thing that brought them together could tear apart their family–and their world–for good.

It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters #1) by Tessa Bailey 

Things are about to get streamy. Well from the page that I accidentally read when peeling off the price sticker it would seem. Oh, boy did that get my attention. 

I’ve tons about this, equal parts good and bad, but I’m excited to check it out myself. Plus at just £3 from The Works it’s a steal. 

Synopsis: Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 

Sisters of Moonlight by Katherine Livesey

Like an idiot I got so distracted by the beautiful cover I didn’t check whether this was the first book of a series. Well, guess what? It isn’t. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. An embarrassingly large amount of times. For some reason, I forget that I can look these things up when in the bookshop, but as I said before I’m an idiot. 

Well, looks like I’ve got another book I need to buy soon. Stupid beautiful covers, every time. 

Synopsis: Still recovering from the inferno that consumed Kelseth lighthouse, apothecary Lily Knight, powerful witch Alice Blackwell, and their newfound family find refuge in a mysterious mist-wreathed castle to regroup and draw up a plan of action.

Because the shadows are closing in and Hecate Winter, High Priestess of the notorious coven that almost cost Alice her life, is only getting stronger…

But there are murmurings of an even more sinister threat brewing on the horizon – and it has something to do with the castle.

When Alice’s nightmares begin to bleed into her daily reality, everything changes.

Can Lily pull her back from the edge or will she finally succumb to the darkness?

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