Sunday, 11 August 2013

My Book Haul / Showcase Sunday

This is Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday where I share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!

This week was the first full week of August and it seems some of the summer heat has gone from the UK - although it's not quite Autumn yet!
I finished reading All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill - a great time travel YA story and practically inhaled Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews - boy, I LOVE that series! I also laughed my way through I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella - such a fun book!

For Review

The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom
Publisher: Black Swan
When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. 
Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

This arrived unexpectedly from Transworld. It's not my usually type of read so I'm not sure if I will get round to reading soon or not...


Witchstruck - Victoria Lamb
Publisher: Corgi
Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake. Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

I won this at Goodreads First Reads but it's a book I wanted to read anyway! I'm hoping to start this soon!


Ex-Heroes - Peter Clines
Publisher: Del Ray
Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place. 
Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Now, a year later, the heroes struggle to overcome their differences and recover from their own scars as they protect the thousands of survivors huddled in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. But the hungry ex-humans are not the only threat the survivors face. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power.

This was a complete impulse purchase as the idea of superheroes and zombies just appeals to me!

What did you get this week..?


  1. The first book sounds interesting to me

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    1. I know! It was one of those purchases where I hadn't heard of the book before but as soon as I knew what it was about, I had to have it! :-)

  3. I got Witchstruck some time back and it looks good, hopefully we'll both like it.
    Hope you enjoy all the reads!

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  4. Oh I love the first two covers! And I'm curious about the last one, always so fun to have books like that.

  5. The Witchstruck blurb does sound pretty good, another one to add to my ever growing TBR list. Have a great week Mel.

  6. Witchstruck sounds really good and I won a copy a while ago. I must read it soon.

    Happy reading!

  7. Witchstruck caught my eye out of the lot, It looks right up my street. I must get myself a copy. Great haul, Mel. Enjoy!

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  8. The Kitchen House has such a gorgeous cover! Actually, I think my mum would enjoy this book - it sounds like her cup of tea. Thanks for the heads up and hope you enjoy your new books! :)

  9. Your cover of Witchstruck is way different than mine. Interesting haul of books. Come visit me as well.
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  10. I read The Kitchen House a while ago and quite enjoyed it :) Great haul, really hope you enjoy your books :)

    Happy Sunday!

    Megan xxx

    My Showcase Sunday if you'd like a look

  11. One of my book clubs read The Kitchen House a while ago and liked it. It's well-written historical fiction with loveable (and some despicable) characters. I really enjoyed it.

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  12. All your reads look wonderful, Mel, especially the last one :) Can't wait to see what you'd think of it! :)