Sunday, 22 July 2012

My Book Haul/Showcase Sunday

I've decided to join Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday to share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!
I know I'm on a book buying ban at the moment but I have some fantastic friends! As such I ended up with a couple of books this week despite all promises not too.

Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books
 War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

Having recently finished Divergent, my cinema Buddy and regular guest reviewer Sarah has lent me Insurgent so I can continue to follow Tris's adventures.

The Long Earth - Terry Prachett & Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Harper 
1916: the Western Front, France. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No man's Land gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson has returned to the burned-out home of one Willis Linsay, a reclusive and some said mad, others dangerous, scientist. It was arson but, as is often the way, the firemen seem to have caused more damage than the fire itself. Stepping through the wreck of a house, there's no sign of any human remains but on the mantelpiece Monica finds a curious gadget - a box, containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that Linsay called a 'stepper'. An invention he put up on the web for all the world to see, and use, an invention that would to change the way mankind viewed his world Earth for ever. And that's an understatement if ever there was one...
...because the stepper allowed the person using it to step sideways into another America, another Earth, and if you kept on stepping, you kept on entering even more Earths...this is the Long Earth. It's not our Earth but one of chain of parallel worlds, lying side by side each differing from its neighbour by really very little (or actually quite a lot). It's an infinite chain, offering 'steppers' an infinite landscape of infinite possibilities. And the further away you travel, the stranger - and sometimes more dangerous - the Earths get. The sun and moon always shine, the basic laws of physics are the same. However, the chance events which have shaped our particular Earth, such as the dinosaur-killer asteroid impact, might not have happened and things may well have turned out rather differently.

One of my dearest friends mistakenly managed to buy himself two copies of this book so I inherited his spare copy! This was a delicious surprise and a book I wanted anyway. I love my friends!

Grave Memory (Alex Craft #3) - Kalayna Price
Publisher: UK - Berkley
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie. But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all...

This was a pre-order from ages, so it doesn't count as part of my book buying ban!

So what have you picked up this week?


  1. I havent heard of the Alex Craft books but it sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!!! Enjoy! :-)

  2. All excellent books this week.
    I'm reading Insurgent at the moment and it's ok so far. Terry Pratchett is obviously a must-own!
    Enjoy all your books, have a good week!

  3. yay for grave memory, I'm currently reading it and it's really great for now. happy reading!

  4. I really must read the 2nd book in that last series!

  5. Grave Memory looks fab, Mel, and so is all the other books. I hope you have marvelous time reading them! :)

  6. Insurgent was really good, I hope you enjoy it as much as the first, and your other new books as well!

  7. Insurgent is amazing Mel I really really enjoyed it. I totally agree that pre-orders don't count when on a book buying ban lol.

  8. Insurgent is fantastic, so I can't wait to see what you think of it!(:

    Ivy Book Bindings

  9. So jealous that you have The Long Earth! I really really really want to get my hands on a copy of this book! Hope you enjoy it! :)

    -Becca@Lost in Thought

  10. I am so excited cos I finally got VRoth's series too! I can finally catch up and I am so ready to be blown away.

  11. Omg I can't believe I still haven't read Insurgent >_< I've heard too many mixed things about it so I'm super wary! I hope you enjoy it!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  12. I loved Insurgent and I hope you like it. I still have to read the Alex Craft books, they sound really good.

    Check out my haul

  13. I still need to read Divergent *sssst, feel like I'm the only one :p*, but I can't wait to start. Happy reading!

  14. Great haul! I adored Insurgent - though I think Divergent was better -, but haven't heard of the other books. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Have a great day :D

    Here's my SS post:

  15. Awesome haul this week! I have already added it to my TBR list.
    Thanks for sharing,

  16. Insurgent was so so good. I loved the series! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week! Here's my IMM =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  17. Ohh Insurgent! I've recently finished Divergent as well and I loved it! Nice haul :)

    Jordon @ Miss Book Reviews

  18. Oh dang!! Two books here of series I have the first books of but haven't started yet. I really need that speed reading class. ;D Thank you!