Sunday, March 24, 2013

Showcase Sunday (#23)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicki at Books, Biscuits and Tea. Its aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.

Not only has it been weeks since I made a Showcase Sunday post, but it has also been many, many, many books that I have bought and received since then. MANY. Thus, I really do apologize for the length of this post. I'll try to go through them all as quick as I possibly can - promise! 

For Review: 
I've been meaning to read Feeling Sorry for Celia for years now, but I just haven't gotten around to it. In fact, the only Moriarty novel I read was The Spell Book of Listen Taylor which wasn't all that impressive, but I'm still quite excited to read to this one. Also, I just love that cover!
Siege and Storm (Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
You have NO IDEA how excited I was to receive this on my doorstep two weeks ago! I was SO EXCITED! And, best of all, I just LOVED this! In my opinion, it's even better than S&B, although many readers may disagree with me, but it is bound to satisfy all fans of this series! :)
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Wild Awake is the first book Edelweiss has approved me for. EVER. It's like...a miracle! I'm so excited to read this one and I cannot wait to dive into it soon!
Funnily enough, I hadn't even heard of this until BAM! raving reviews of it starting flooding my newsfeed. I knew I just has to get an ARC of it and - surprise, surprise! - Edelweiss approved me! AGAIN! *dies*
As a New Adult novel, this has received quite a few mixed reviews, but I'm curious enough to give it a try. It sounds a little like The Sea of Tranquility in the sense that they both share similar themes of broken identities, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed I enjoy this one as much as I did TSoT!
September Girls by Bennett Madison
THAT COVER! It is, hands down, my favorite cover of the year. Of late, I've been avoiding requesting books I'm not at least somewhat sure I'll like, but I haven't read even one early review of this one and am planning on going into it knowing nothing. Both the cover and synopsis have caught my eye, so I'm hoping this one turns out to be as good as I hope!

After reading Maja's glowing review of this one, I knew I had to get my hands on this. I finished it last night and simply LOVED it. Very highly recommended.
Although I was ecstatic to start this one, I wound up being really disappointed by it. A lot went wrong for me, but I know the majority of readers have enjoyed this, and I'm glad. It just didn't work out for me. *sigh*
Amber House by Kelly Moore
I've been meaning to read this for awhile, so when I saw it on a bargain books sale, I knew I had to pick it up. It's been a long time since I read a gothic mystery, so I'm very excited to pick this one up soon!
I've heard a lot about this trilogy and when I saw it in a bargain books sale - along with nearly all the other books I bought this week, by the way - I couldn't resist picking it up. Very excited to be giving this a try soon!
Hawksong is the first of a fantasy series I only recently discovered, but as it's about shapeshifters and magic, it seems right up my alley. Actually, the version I picked up had all five books of the series in one, so it's absolutely huge - a little terrifying to read, but I'm excited regardless. 
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy
First of all, this isn't a series - it's a dualogy! I love the idea of two books instead of three or four or ten, so I'm excited to read this one because of the quicker pace. Plus, it sounds extremely unique and out of the handful of my friends who have read this, they've all loved it, which bodes well for me!
I don't think I can adequately emphasize what a godsend this book sale was for me. I've been looking for this book for a long time and even though I checked it out of a distant library once, I never had the time even to start it. At last, I shall join the throng of fans for this series! 
I loved Hubbard's latest novel, Wanderlove, and re-read it too many times to count. Although Hubbard's debut has received mixed reviews, I'm determined to read it, simply because Wanderlove is one of my all-time favorites. Ever. 
It seems as if no one knows that Gayle Forman wrote another book. And I found it. More Gayle Forman? YES PLEASE!
I kid you not, I bought the first six books in this series. For $5. I'm telling you, the bookstore I found is like heaven on earth. Anyway, I'm addicted to this series as of now and am through with Bone Crossed, Book 4. If you're a fan of adult urban fantasy and werewolves, you need to get on this. ASAP!
It seems as if this is one of Marillier's lesser-known - and loved - trilogies, but the entire set came so cheap that I couldn't resist it. And, as I always say, the more Marillier, the merrier! ;)

After reading Heidi's spectacular review of this one, I knew I had to get my hands on it and pleasantly surprised myself by loving it as much as I did. I'll have to get my hands on the rest of the series soon!
I was originally rather averse to this one, mostly because of the pink cute-sy cover, but I wound up simply LOVING it! Very highly recommended.
Yet another novel introduced to me by Heidi, and one that I've been dying to read ever since I finished A Face Like Glass. Very excited to get into this one!
FINALLY! I have the sequel to Wolfskin, the best book I've read so far this year and I am SO EXCITED to read this. If only the length wasn't so daunting. And the size of the font.
I was introduced to this through Wendy's lovely review and from the moment I saw the word "werewolf", I knew I'd wind up loving this one. I am counting down the days until I finish my ARCs so I can pick this one up!
I've heard a lot about this one, so I when I saw the audiobook in my library, I checked it out on a whim. I doubt I'll have the time to listen to it soon,'s worth a try, right?

Well, that's it for this...month? I feel like I'm drowning among review books, library books, and books I myself just desperately want to read. Nevertheless, if you're going to drown, what better way to do that by suffocation of too many books? ;) What did you get this week? I can't wait to see, so just link me up and I'll be sure to visit! :D


  1. I LOVE MERCY THOMPSON!! I can't wait to see what you think of Frost Burned. :)

    I loved A Corner of White but if, IF you find it's not for you, please read Feeling Sorry for Celia or The Year of Secret Assignments. Those are so fantastic and you can start with either one.

    Nice haul, Keertana.


  2. Wow! You got a huge amount of books Keertana! I'm so excited for A Clockwork Princess, mine arrived Friday and I can't to start it today! I'm sorry it didn't for you! That must have been really disappointing! :( I haven't read Shadow and Bone yet, I know how much everyone has enjoyed it though! The covers are so much. Better than The Gathering Dark ones! I understand completely how your drowning in books, because I am too! Haha! Happy Reading! :)

  3. I haven't read the Grisha books but have heard great things about them--Ten Tiny Breaths is supposed to be good too.
    And I loved the Mercy Thompson series, up until River Marked, which I didn't like so much.
    Hope you enjoy your reads. You've had a great week.


  4. Wow, an awesome haul! I am a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series - you got such a bargain :) I really need to grab a copy of the latest book.

    I hope to start on Ten Tiny Breaths this week.

    Happy reading! :)

  5. Siege and Storm! That's one of my most anticipated books of this year. So happy to hear you loved The Reece Malcolm List - it's in my haul this week! Happy reading :)

  6. I see a lot of interesting books, but one that caught my eyes right away is Siege and Storm. I'm so excited <3

    Happy reading!

  7. Oh my gosh, you have S & S! EEEEEE, can't wait for your review. <3 *is hoping it includes lots of Mal* ;)

  8. Fabulous haul Keertana!!Bruised seems like a really interesting read so I might pick it up sometime. Wild Awake seems really great too! I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Like Mandarin!


  9. The Jaclyn Moriarty cover is SO VERY gorgeous. I love it. And I'll have to download Archlight too, I think it's Harper, isn't it? They sort of auto-approved me on Edelweiss (I think), so I've been downloading things like an insane person lately. I have to keep it in check.

    I'm SO SO glad you loved Bruised! It's such a special little book, isn't it?

  10. Woooow, amazing haul! So many amazing books! I see a lot of us got Clockwork princess :D
    I have to get Bardugo's books, I'm really curious about them.

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by :D

  11. Wow Keertana! That is one heck of a book haul! I'm so, so, SO glad you're enjoying the Mercy Thompson series, that's an all time favorite of mine. Couldn't love Mercy and Adam any more if I tried. Yay for being approved on Edelweiss too! It's so exciting when that happens. I still get so nervous requesting on there because I fear rejection:)

  12. So so jealous! Siege & storm and Wild Awake! You've got some awesome books here! Enjoy!

  13. btw, I am a HUGE fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, at least her older stuff, and Hawksong and Demon In My View are my favorites by her! I hope you love Hawksong! It has one of my favorite romances ever.

  14. The Amber House is absolutely gorgeous in person. I have a copy too and I can't wait to read it.

    I'm actually starting A Corner of White after I finish the book I am reading now. I can't wait because I have heard awesome things.

    This is a really fantastic haul this week. I hope you enjoy all of them!

  15. So much awesome... :) A Corner of White looks great, and I've heard a lot of positive things about it. I never read Feeling Sorry for Celia either, although I think there's a copy floating around my local library somewhere. The cover for September Girls is gorgeous, it caught my eye straight away! Enjoy your books this week, hope you don't get lost underneath them all! :)

  16. Ahh so much great books! Amazing blog here too! *New Follower GCF* Can't wait to see what you think of them!

    Happy Reading!
    My Haul:

  17. Once you get one book from Harper, you'll end up getting them all (or so I've noticed!). Congrats on the first approvals! :) I can't wait to see what you make of Arclight and Wild Awake. I'll have to go off and read a few reviews for The Lost Conspiracy, as I loved A Face Like Glass. Great haul this week, Keertana!

  18. Wow what an epic haul Keertana! I was insanely jealous to know you received a copy of Siege and Storm, I can't wait for that book, I should hopefully be receiving one from the publishers here soon! Wild Awake was a book high on my wish list, so I was ecstatic to receive a copy of that too! I hope you enjoy all your reads hun! :)

  19. Sheesh, you got a lot of books this week, Keertana!

    I am starting the Moriarty and S&S and Arclight and September Girls and Amber House soon, too. I'm really happy you got yourself a copy of Written in Red and Mind Games, both books I loved (thanks for linking to us!)--I've been meaning to check out Sistersin Sanity, too.

    I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Clockwork Princess as much as you'd hoped--I'm one of those who adored it, but I understand some of the reactions I've seen. I'm curious what you'll think of Bruised--I ended up with very mixed feelings about that, although so far I think I'm one of the few who didn't rave.

    Happy reading! No, I'm going to wish you TIME to read, hah. You're going to need it.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  20. I've been thinking of getting a copy of Bruised and reading that you'd highly recommend it, I think I'll grab it the next time I visit the bookstore. I like the variety of books that you're showcasing, Keertana, and congrats on receiving your goodies via Edelweiss. Have an amazing week!

  21. Wow! That is an amazing haul. I don't know where to start. I love the Mercedes Thompson series and that is awesome you got them for such a steal. I devoured them all back in 2011 and I have been waiting for the next book, which I have but need to find time to read. A great series. I really liked Flat Out Love a nice little indie title. I hope you dig out from that amazing haul soon. Have a fabulous time reading them all, Keertana!

  22. What a giant haul, Keertana!
    I'm so jealous of your copy of Siege and Storm. I went onto Netgalley to request a copy when I found out it was available, but by the time I was went on there, they had already removed it. Sad, but I'm definitely getting a copy when the book comes out. I'm happy to hear that it's even better than the first book! I need to get to Bruised soon since both you and Maja enjoyed it!
    I hope you have fun with all your books!
    Happy reading! :)

  23. Gahhh definitely need to get to reading Leigh Bardugo books soon! Awesome haul :).
    Here's my Showcase Sunday :)
    There's also a chance to win a book of your choice on my blog if you're interested! :)

  24. Lots of good books this week! I have Shadow & Bone and I really need to read it since the second one is coming out! Arclight looks really good!

    Here's my Showcase Sunday

  25. Tons of great ones there, but I didn't realize there is an audiobook of Flat-Out Love. I love that book so much but now I may have to re-read by audiobook if I can find a copy too! Thanks for that heads-up. :)

  26. Holy cow, what a week! First of all, I gave up on Edelweiss long ago. I get enough books anyway, I didn't really stress it, but it's frustrating to take the time to request stuff and NEVER get approved.

    I got A Corner of White in the mail today actually. I have had two people tell me it was a DNF but I read some other reviews where people loved it. I think it's one that will definitely have to do with taste. I'm thinking you'll love it and I'll DNF it. That's my prediction. ;)
    I have Siege and Storm and I can't wait to get through what I need to read NOW so I can read it! I have Arclight but haven't seen any reviews yet. Ten Tiny Breaths is on my WL. I have heard amazing things!
    I got Bruised at ALA and met the author and she's super nice! Still need to read it though.
    You already know my thoughts on Clockwork Princess. I loved it. But I can kind of see why you didn't, just knowing your reading preferences.
    I can't remember if I have Like Mandarin. If I don't I know it's on my WL. And I didn't know Gail had another book out!
    I've had the first several Mercy books for YEARS. I so need to read them!
    I want to read Written in Red because of Wendy's review and because it's Anne Bishop and she's genius.
    I have Flat Out Love too, and met her at ALA as well! She's awesome too and I'm really excited to read it!

  27. Oh my goodness, that's a TON of books! I'm so excited that you got Wild Awake--I've been keen on it since I saw it--and I hope it turns out well for you.

  28. What an awesome haul!!

    I'm glad you're enjoying A Corner of White :) And I have a few of the original Aussie versions of Jaclyn's Ashbury/Brookfield series - I could bring them to NYC if you want them :)

  29. Ah!! It is taking ALL of my willpower not to request Wild Awake. It is one of only about two contemporaries that I MUST read this year (the other being This Song Will Save Your Life)--so excited to see what you think! I'm going to be responsible and get it from the library after release.

    I love the cover for September Girls too, despite the fact that I'm so sick of underwater covers, this one's just gorgeous.

    I'll look forward to your thoughts on Amber House too, I'm interested in this series, but am waiting for more books.

    YAY!!! I can't tell you how excited I am that you picked up Skin Hunger, I really think you'll appreciate it, I love that series so so much (still need to finish review for second, terrible).

    Also HOW did I not realize Like Mandarin was the Wanderlove chick? I have it on my TBR because it's a Wyoming book, and those are few and far between.

    I've seen Gayle Forman in person now a couple of times, and she's always reminding people that If I Stay wasn't her YA debut. I've heard good things about Sisters In Sanity even though it's not nearly as widely read.

    Totally jealous about your Mercy binging! I'd be doing the same if I didn't need to listen to books for Armchair Audies right now.

    Also yay for Marillier and Hardinge, and of course The Hollow Kingdom!!!

    Okay, going to stop with the ridiculous bookish excitement on your part before this becomes a novel.

  30. oooh so many good books! my friend is sending me a copy of Wild Awake, I think, and I'm super excited to read it. Siege & Storm is so good! I love the cover for September Girls as well and I'm excited to read it. :D

  31. Wow. You certainly collect an awful lot of books over your time.

    Sounds like a real bargain store you've found there and got tonnes of goodies. I'm off to check a few of those out that look intriguing and a few others I'll look forward to your thoughts on.

    Hope you enjoy reading all these! :)

  32. Sigh, so much amazing. <3 I hope you enjoy them all :) I loved Siege and Storm too :D So amazing. But yeah, I also loved Clockwork Princess :\ I'm sorry you didn't :( I didn't love Wild Awake, though, but it is still a bit good :)
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books


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