Sunday, 14 October 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!

The Damned Busters - Matthew Hughes
Publisher: Angry Robot
After accidentally summoning a demon, Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul, which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world... with disastrous consequences.

I picked this up at a charity shop because it seemed like a fun read!

Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Gollancz
It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world. At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well...

This was another pre-order that turned up this week. I love this series as its sophisticated fun in my home town!

Magic In The Shadows - Devon Monk
Publisher: Berkley
Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power and stop them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately, her spells have taken their toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories—including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie’s thoughts. Her late father, the prominent businessman—and sorcerer—Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities—and find a way to deal with her father...

I spotted this on special in a book store yesterday and thought I would give the series another go. It's been entertaining so far even if it's not one that I have to follow.

This Is Not A Test - Courtney Summers
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

This is a win from the wonderful Sully at Pearls Cast Before a McPig - it looks quite creepy. I'm not even sure if the girl on the front is just caught in a breeze or possibly injured...either way I want to start reading soon!

What have you picked up this week?


  1. Looks good :) I have heard excellent things about Aronvitch

  2. Fab books, Mel! The Damned Busters definitely looks like fun, and I also hope you'd love new Peter Grant book! Enjoy! :)

  3. Yay for This is Not a Test! :) I haven't read it but heard great things about it. Enjoy! x

  4. I love the Devon Monk series, I'm so sad it's already the end. Happy reading!

  5. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week =D

    My IMM

  6. I still need to read my copy of This is not a Test. Yay for new books! Hope you enjoy them all!!

  7. ooh I have The Rivers of London to read which I plan on reading asap so I hope you enjoy Whispers Underground :)

    Becca @ Lost in Thought

  8. Oh do hope you have a great week. I need to get Devon Monks books as well. Dang, so many books so little time. :)