Book Haul, 3rd of July!

So yesterday was a Monday! and who likes Mondays… NOT ME. I sat there asking myself, what would make this better Sarah? and the answer to that is… 10 points for the correct answer, BOOKS! Yes you heard it folks… the big ‘B‘, books of course!

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So on my lunch I took a short walk to Waterstones, heaven on earth in other words… walked all the way around the store like an absolute loon (the people who work there must literally think I’m crazy) and eventually picked up these:

‘928 Miles from Home’ by Kim Slater


Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he’ll escape this boring life and write movies, proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars.

For now though, he’s stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay ‘in’ with his gang of mates at school, who don’t like new kids, especially foreign ones.

But when his father invites his new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergei, to move in, Calum’s life is turned upside down. He’s actually sharing a room with ‘the enemy’! How’s he going to explain that to his mates?

Yet when Calum is knocked down in a hit and run and badly injures his leg, everything changes. Trapped at home, Calum and Sergei slowly start to understand each other, and even work together to investigate a series of break-ins at the local community centre.

But Calum can’t help feeling like Sergei’s hiding something. Is he really trying to help, or cover up his own involvement in the crime?

REALLY excited to read this, the hardcover is absolutely beautiful. I know you toooootally shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it really stood out for me and with the hardcover edition having only been released in May 2017, it’s pretty new. There is also mentions of Brexit, therefore it will be interesting to see how Kim writes about this topic due to me living in England and living through Brexit. It sounds exciting and intriguing for sure!

‘The Hawkweed Prophecy’ by Irena Brignull


The babies were born as the clock struck twelve. A bat fell from the air mid-flight. A silver salmon floated dead to the surface of the river. Snails withered in their shells, moths turned to dust on the night breeze and an owl ate its young. The spell had been cast.

This book has mixed reviews on Goodreads, so I’m interested in trying this for myself and seeing how I feel about the story. The book itself is beautiful, the pages around the outside are blue (which looks super cool), The author also writes screenplays, so I am assuming it will be written perfectly? (maybe I’m expecting too much, it should be written pretty darn well) It’s about witches which reminds me of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (oh my, Salem was so cute) every time that word is mentioned and who didn’t love that show?!?


‘Geekerella’ by Ashley Poston


When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

So this is basically a modern twist on the story of Cinderella (and I love a good Fairytale story) I really appreciated ‘Heartless’ by Marissa Meyer, which came from Alice in Wonderland, despite not being a retelling. Anything that is taken from inspiration of a Disney/Fairytale story, that is if done well and properly, is always amazing to see and read. I have heard very good reviews about this from friends and there is mention of cosplay WHICH IS ALSO SUPER KWL.

‘Show Stopper’ by Hayley Barker


Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land are forced to sell their children to a travelling circus – to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives – pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds – but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.

The cover for this is seriously lovely, this caught my eye to begin with… and the fact it was included in the buy one get one half price. HOWEVER, the story sounds amazing! Very different, it has its romance for a YA novel, but who doesn’t love a little bit of cuteness ey?! But the core story sounds great. I love, love, LOVE the fact that it’s set in England and it’s interesting to see how England is described within books. I think I will be reading this book SERIOUSLY soon. Just to look at the cover…

I am hoping for some happy, good reading material over the upcoming  weeks. Currently I’m reading ACOTAR and yes yes… I have never read it (I know, GET WITH THE TIMES SARAH) But after that these babies mentioned above will be mine to read! And I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them with you guys!

If any of you guys want to share some of the books that you’ve bought recently with me I would love that! Feel free to comment! It’s always nice to have some suggestions on what I can spend more of my money on and have a reason to go into the bookstore again! Enjoy the month of July guys!

Happy reading everyone! 

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3 thoughts on “Book Haul, 3rd of July!

  1. ‘The Hawkweed Prophecy’ by Irena Brignull is on my TBR-shelf in my bookcase, haha.
    ‘Show Stopper’ by Hayley Barker sounds interesting! I’m going to put that on my Goodreads-TBR and hope I don’t forget about it as it disappears in the ever-growing list.
    You’re totally right, though! There’s nothing like some bookish therapy in one of your favorite bookstores. Especially on Mondays, cause they just simply suck. And books make everything better. They always will!

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    1. Yeah ‘Show Stopper’ looks like a really interesting, different read! I love the cover as well which I really shouldn’t buy a book for but couldn’t help it! 🙂 Exactly! I’ve been reading ACOTAR and it helps after a long day at work! Makes me want to live in the places within the books though = Hating week days even more!

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      1. Covers are my downfall sometimes, haha. They can look so enticing and pretty that I just want to buy them. I often have to remind myself to actually see if I’ll like the story as well. I’m horrible like that.
        I always want to live in the places that I discover through books. Seems way more fun than having to work every day! Yup, indeed! But at least it’s almost weekend again. Only one more day to go.

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