Books

Book haul: May 2013.

I have decided to rename my monthly ‘Books I Bought’ to ‘Book Haul’ because that suits it a bit more. And because I didn’t just buy books this month, but I also got one (yay)! Anyway, here we go. The books I got in May 2013!

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Like I said in an ealier post, I bought a total of ten books at the Book Depository at the beginning of this month, and I got them all delivered in the past week. I have read three of those already, and I have posted a ‘review’ of the two Quick Reads already. I’ll post a small review of the other one in this post. From top to bottom:

Firelight written by Kristen Callihan (2012). [NOT READ]

Once the flames are ignited… Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity… Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

I must admit, when I added this book to my basket, I thought it was a different Firelight (this one), but with a different cover. Until I read the summary next to the book. I still bought this book because this summary sounds really interesting, and I wanted to find out what this was about. I am still going to buy the other Firelight book the next time I order something from TBD!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by C.S. Lewis (1950). [CURRENTLY READING]

Narnia… a frozen land in eternal winter… a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia – a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change… and a great sacrifice.

A while ago I watched all three Narnia movies, and I felt like reading the books as well. In stead of reading the e-books I decided to buy the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, to see if it was just as nice as the movies. I am still reading it, but the pages that I have read were nice.

Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster written by Terrance Dicks (1976). [NOT READ]

Centuries ago, a Zygon spaceship crash landed in Loch Ness. Now, with their home planet destroyed, the alien creatures plan to take over Earth. Their most powerful weapon is a huge armoured dinosaur-like creature of terrifying power that they brought to Earth as an embryo – the Loch Ness Monster. The Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry soon discover that the Zygons have another weapon. They can assume the identity of any human they capture. Who knows which of their friends might be really a Zygon? UNIT faces one of its toughest battles as Broton, Warlord of the Zygons, puts his plans into action and the Loch Ness Monster attacks.

The Loch Ness Monster has always interested me (ever since people started calling me ‘Ness’), and I was planning on watching the Fourth Doctor’s episodes. Unfortunately, those take a long time to download, so I decided to read this book first!

The Dead and the Gone written by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2008). [NOT READ]

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event–an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

I read the first book in this series, Life As We Knew It, within a day, because I loved it so much. This book introduces us to a new character, Alex, and follows his survival story. I am very curious about this book, because it’s different characters, and I loved the ones from LAWKT so much. I hope that I will love these new characters as much as Miranda and her family!

The Host written by Stephenie Meyer (2008). [NOT READ]

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who has avoided invasion and lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie – reluctant allies – set off to search for the man they both love.

I have to admit, I am NOT a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I actually dislike them a lot. Not just because I find the story so weird, I don’t like the way Stephenie Meyer writes at all. People have told me that the Host is written in a different style than the Twilight series is, and it’s also a complete different story (duh), though they share one similarity: a love triangle (though the Host has more of a love square). I have watched the movie a couple of weeks ago, and I liked it a lot, so I decided to give the book a second chance. I hope everyone’s right!

Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow written by Tommy Donavaband (2013). [READ]

It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. The faces begin to talk and scream and push through into our world as the alien Shroud begins to feed on the grief of a world in mourning. Can the Doctor dig deep into his own sorrow to save mankind?

This is the first official Doctor Who book with Clara Oswald as companion, and I must say it is a very good one! I had only read a couple of pages, when I first got it, and I already liked it (I tweeted that, and even got a mention from the writer, yay!). Like the last sentence of the summary above says, the Doctor digs deep into his own sorrow, reliving the past, losing several of his companions all over again. He relives the part of Bad Wolf, where Jack says goodbye to Nine and Rose before getting murdered by a Dalek. He relives losing Astrid Peth, the waitress of the Titanic who gave her life to save the Doctor’s. He relives losing his Ponds. And much more emotional moments from Classic Who which I haven’t seen yet!

The book is very ‘simply’ written, it reads very easily, with no difficult words (except for a couple of words the Doctor uses, which are luckily mostly explained), there are a few jokes that I really liked. One example, at the beginning of the book: The Doctor is changing into dry clothes after being soaked from being on a bubble-bath planet (I KNOW), and finds both the TARDIS and Clara crying (though the latter doesn’t know why). The Doctor gets angry with Clara, asking her if she called the TARDIS fat.

There is also the mention of ‘hobbit holes’ and ‘dwarf planets’ which made me laugh out loud; and the entire story just made me really happy (though it’s a story about people being sad, oh well). This one is definitely going on my ‘favourite Doctor Who books’ list (which includes all DW books I’ve read until now.. oops).

I have already given a summary and a ‘review’ of both the Quick Reads in this post, so I won’t repeat that here!

Life On the Refrigerator Door written by Alice Kuipers (2007). [NOT READ]

Claire and her mom share the same house but they live on different planets. While Claire’s world revolves around school, shopping and her new boyfriend, Mom is always busy with work, work and more work. But they do have one thing in common: the kitchen fridge. It’s where they leave little notes for each other. It’s how they keep in touch. Then one day Claire comes home to a note that’s different from all the others. And life is never the same again.

I reblogged something on Tumblr a while ago, where I asked my followers to give me a book (or book series) that I was supposed to rate. I got a total of one ask, and that was about this book. I hadn’t read it then, but I looked it up on Goodreads, and it sounded really interesting. I’ve skimmed through it a bit, and it’s not a normal story with chapters and such, but actually just small messages, which are written on their refrigerator. Awesome.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (2011). [CURRENTLY READING]

Louisiana teenager Rory Devenaux flies to London for the start of a new life at a boarding school. But her arrival is overshadowed by the sudden outbreak of brutal murders, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper. ‘Rippermania’ grabs hold of London, and the police are stumped with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory has seen their prime suspect on the school grounds. But her friend Jazza didn’t see anyone. So why could only Rory see him? And what is he planning to do next?

The first time I read the summary of this book, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, it was a while before the book was even released, back in 2011, and I lost the title after a while. Luckily, thanks to Goodreads, I found it again, and decided to add it to my to-read list. I haven’t actually started reading yet, but I am going to do so tomorrow!

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett (2011). [NOT READ]

The Winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in a mood to celebrate. They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?

Tanja bought this for me, for my birthday. It’s part of the 50th anniversary line, which has eleven books, one of each Doctor. I actually plan on reading all eleven of them, but I think the next one on my list is that one of the Fourth Doctor. Though this one sounds really interesting as well! It has my favourite companions in it (Amy and Rory), and the summary sounds really nice!