Book Haul: February 2023

I went a little crazy buying books in February and you know what? I’m not ashamed of it. The most expensive books I bought were £5 and you can’t really deny them when they’re that cheap. God bless The Works and the Kindle monthly/daily deals. 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I’ve wanted to read this book for so long and when I saw it was only 99p on Kindle, it was a no-brainer. People have been raving about this book online for years and I can’t wait to finally read it for myself.

Synopsis: Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This is another one that has been on my to be read for years and it should be featured on an upcoming ‘organising my Goodreads’ post. 

I remember this book being absolutely everywhere online a while ago and I’ve some pretty great things about it. I’m not sure when I’ll actually get around to reading it, but at least I now have the option.

Synopsis: There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

I had all but given up on this series as I finished the previous books a few years ago and basically forgot to get the last one. In my defence, it came out during a very busy time in my life and I wasn’t completely blown away by the second book so I didn’t want to pay a lot for this one. 

So, when I was looking at the monthly Kindle deals I couldn’t believe it when I saw the entire series for 99p. I’ve been looking to get rid of some of my physical books and now I have this entire series on my Kindle so bye Caraval in physical form. 

Synopsis: A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale . . . all games must come to an end.

Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

After finishing the first book last month I have thought about pretty much nothing but reading this series. I went out to The Works purely to see if they had the rest of the series and luckily they did have Good Girl, Bad Blood (only £5!!) but they didn’t have the last book. I’m planning another trip there soon, so hopefully, they have it then.

Synopsis: Pip is not a detective anymore.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.

The police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Apparently, I was on a bit of a Stephanie Garber hype this month. I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I saw people raving about it online and when I saw it was only £3 in The Works I had to buy it. What a steal! 

The Works has really upped its game lately with the great books. I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up buying more books after writing this post. It’s currently the 15th of February, so it’s extremely possible. 

Synopsis: How far would you go for happily ever after?

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings… until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic but wicked Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after or the most exquisite tragedy…

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