Book Haul: December 2022

It might be too late to be posting my December book haul now, but I’m going to do it anyway because I want to. 

I didn’t receive any books for Christmas as my family never buys me books because they don’t know which ones I already own. Which is fair enough, I struggle to remember sometimes. These are all books I’ve brought myself!

Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo and Dani Pendergast (Illustrator)

I’ve been after this since the day it got announced, but for some reason, I forgot about it. Well, until last month when I went into Waterstones and there it was. 

Usually, I don’t like paying full price for books, as let’s be honest, they are quite expensive. Especially graphic novels, but I’m still using the gift card I got from my previously job, so it seemed like a no-brained to buy this now. 

I’m super excited to read it and will probably have it on my to be read for February. 

Synopsis: Before he led Ravka’s Second Army, before he created the Fold, and long before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power.

Eryk and his mother, Lena, have spent their lives on the run. But they will never find a safe haven. They are not only Grisha—they are the deadliest and rarest of their kind. Feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, they must hide their true abilities wherever they go. But sometimes deadly secrets have a way of revealing themselves…

Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie 

We all know how it goes by now: I see a Charlie Bowater cover, and I buy the book. It’s really that simple. To be fair to myself though, I have heard great things about this book so I wasn’t being completely shallow. Just a little bit shallow, but can you blame me?

Synopsis: Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) by Leigh Bardugo

I basically brought this at the same time as Demon in the Wood because a. I had my gift card and b. Because I wanted to get my amount spent up to the net £10 to get a stamp on my Waterstones plus card. Is that bad? I often find myself doing that, but it makes sense really doesn’t it?

I actually haven’t read King of Scars yet, so I’m really taking a gamble that I’ll like the series. But I have liked everything else I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo, so it’s not much of a gamble. 

Synopsis: The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Check out Young Creative Press on all socials

You can also check out my StoryGraph here

Like this post? Why not read this one too: Yearly Wrap-Up: 2022 in Books

One comment

Leave a Reply