Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Book Haul / Showcase Sundays

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!
This is my last week  I'm allowing myself to buy books until after Christmas - hopefully this will allow me to break into the TBR pile and put some money into the pressie fund!

What's Left Of Me - Kat Zhang
Publisher: HarperCollins
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

This was a swap from and looks amazing. I loved The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Preferred it to the Twilight series!) and it has a feel of that about I'm looking forward to see what it brings to the table!

Bitter Seeds - Ian Tregillis 
Publisher: Orbit
It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between.
Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.
When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities—a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present—Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.

I just love the sound of this - like X-Men crossed with Hellboy and think it sounds like a lot of fun!

Taken (Alex Verus #3) - Benedict Jacka
Publisher: Orbit
Welcome to Fountain Reach. Ancient seat of the Aubuchon dynasty. Majestic setting of the White Stone tournament. Alex Verus' (not necessarily reliable) reputation attracts all sorts. Most are plain bonkers. Yet there's one invitation he just can't refuse. At Fountain Reach, Alex is perfectly placed among the noted and notorious to figure out why apprentices have been vanishing. But the tournament is a minefield of ancient grudges and new threats and Alex can't afford to miss a trick as his elusive adversary stays one step ahead in this most dangerous of games.

Having read book one in this series, Fated a couple of weeks ago, I'm hopeful that the promise in the series is fulfilled!

Royal Street - Suzanne Johnson
Publisher: Headline
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. 
Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover. To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

I have to confess I already read this on my kindle but I loved the story and I couldn't resist when I saw the book in the shop - I just had to have it on my bookshelf!

Blood Lite II: Overbite - Edited Kevin J Anderson
Publisher: Pocket Books
Putting the fun back into dark fiction, this new collection of humorous and highly entertaining horror-filled tales features sidesplitting stories by such "New York Times"-bestselling authors as Heather Graham, L.A. Banks, and Kelley Armstrong.

I do like the occasional short story! What other reason do I need? :-)

What have you picked up this week?


  1. I am seeing a lot I want there :D Enjoy!

  2. Some great looking books there- I've ordered What's Left of Me, I think it sounds fantastic, and I have the first book in the Alex Versus series, but have yet to start reading it.
    Enjoy your new books!

  3. People seem to have liked What's LEft of ME a lot! I still don't have a copy, but hopefully I'll remember to get one soon. I can't wait to read your review.
    Happy reading!

  4. I LOVED royal street and the second one as well. you had many books I didn't know about I'll have to wait for your reviews. Happy reading!

  5. I've heard a lot of good things about What's Left of Me, I hope you enjoy it and the others :)

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    Lauren at Northern Plunder

  6. Overbite's cover is real cute. A vampire with braces!


  7. Great haul. I loved what's left of me. Hope you enjoy all your books.

  8. Wow! You got some Brilliant books this week... I'm so happy you got What's Left of Me as well... tank you so much for your lovely comment on My SS
    Bitter Seeds, Taken and Overbite look brilliant! I can't wait to see what you think about them, I'll look forward to your review of What's Left of Me :-)

    happy Reading!

  9. Nice haul.

    What's Left Of Me and Taken are on my Wish List.

    Happy Reading.

    Please check out my haul for this week at

  10. I really really want to read Kat Zhang and Taken :) As usual our tbrs and wishlists are very similar, Mel! Bitter Seeds was a very unusual read, and do think you'd like it :) Enjoy!

  11. You are rockin' the book haul this week! Enjoy and happy reading!

  12. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of What's Left of Me. I've been seeing this one a lot lately. :) Happy reading!

  13. "What's Left of Me" sounds fascinating, and I really want to get myself a copy. Hope you enjoy it!

    Ditto "Bitter Seeds." I have a copy of that one, though, but I have yet to read it.

  14. Oh I do want Royal Street. :D Lots of great new reads here. Hope you enjoy them and have a very good week.