Book Haul #41: No Excuses

I have no excuses for the following book haul, except that the majority of items are e-books. Yo, those e-book sales are making my trigger-buy finger very happy. I just can’t help myself when I see them, which is odd because I don’t even like to read e-books. Chances are I’ll probably get physical copies of the ones I really like since the e-books were so cheap. I think the most expensive one was about $3.99, or something.

Quick note: All book titles are linked to their Goodreads page, since I don’t give much of a synopsis for some of them.

ARCs

Some of these you may have seen already in my Winter 2017 TBR.

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Book Haul #40: The Unexpected

…because I didn’t expect to be hauling books anytime soon.

It’s Saturday. I should do a Weekend Reads post, but I don’t know what to write about, and I should post a book review, but I’m procrastinating on doing those. I have loads to review, but it’s been more than a month since I’ve done one and now I feel intimidated by the thought of crafting one. I read the books and noted what I’d like to discuss, but I don’t know how to start and fear that whatever I write will be crappy.

That’s my mood right now: “everything I create is crappy” mood. It doesn’t help that this is NaNoWriMo and I’m participating (unofficially) and I already think the story I’m working on is crappy. I typed 5,000 words and then decided to start over from a different character’s POV because I ran out of steam. The character I switched to feels better to continue with, but it’s the antagonist and, and, and…I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m freaking out as I’m typing the story yet hoping it will all work out.

Anyway, I need to get these reviews out but until I stop procrastinating, here is an unexpected book haul. All of this is because I had coupons and saw awesome or discounted books while travelling. (Totally not my fault.)

Quick note: All book titles will be linked to their Goodreads page since I don’t give much of a synopsis for some of them.

Batch #1

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“Kings of the Wyld” by Nicholas Eames

Quick summary:

Kings of the Wyld is a fantasy novel about a band of warriors who were once the best in the land but have grown old and gone their separate ways.

Our protagonist, Clay, who’s known for his shield Blackheart, settled down to a comfortable life and has started a family. Frontman Gabriel, a.k.a. Golden Gabe, also married and had a kid but didn’t settle into the peace and monotonous comfort of family life. Moog, the band’s magician, started a lucrative business selling his invention – Magic Moog’s Magnificent Phallic Phylactery; while quick, knife-wielding Matrick grew fat and became a cuckold king. The only member of the band who remained unchanged over the years is badass Ganelon, who was turned to stone.

When the story begins, Gabe has travelled long and hard to ask Clay to help him get the band back together so they can save his daughter, Rose, who’s much like her father at his prime as Golden Gabe and has ran off to the city Castia to save it from a horde of monsters. Clay is reluctant to leave the comfort of his family, but decides to go because he too is a father and would be willing to do anything to save his daughter if she were in a similar situation.

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“Equal Rites” by Terry Pratchett

I finally learn why one of my favorite bloggers is an Orangutan Librarian.

“Now you listen to me, Gordo Smith,” she said. “Female wizards aren’t right either! It’s the wrong kind of magic for women, is wizard magic, it’s all books and stars and jommetry. She’d never grasp it. Whoever heard of a female wizard?”

Quick summary:

A wizard who knows his death is imminent visits a village called Bad Ass (lol!) to pass on his powers and wizard’s staff to the seventh son of a seventh son, who is about to be born. The wizard does so soon after the baby’s birth and, soon after doing so, learns that the baby is not a boy, but a girl, thus making her Discworld’s first female wizard.

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Hogwarts Tag

Since yesterday’s tag eased my headache, I decided to do another Harry Potter-themed tag. I found this Hogwarts Tag over on Read All the Things. I do not know who the creator of it is.

Am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Considering how superstitious my family is and tendency to foretell events from their dreams (I’m not making this up, though I’m not sure if what my family members foretell always occur), I’d say I’m half-blood, but we’re super secretive about having magic because we mix so much with muggles.

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Harry Potter Tag | via Bookidote

I have a migraine and it seems that it’s here to stay for the week, which means I can hardly think straight so there won’t be any book reviews (as I’d planned but didn’t share on here) for some time. However, a painful head puts me in the mood for Harry Potter (not really but any excuse is welcome) so here’s a Harry Potter book tag.

The tag was created by Trang over at Bookidote and the graphics were created by her as well. The only rule for this is that we’re banned from using the Harry Potter books in the answers. Oh boy.

A book you found the theme interesting, but you’d like to rewrite it.

Gilded Cage by Vic James is a YA dystopian fantasy novel set in the present day where some people, called the Equals, have magical abilities and enslave those who lack them, the Commoners. The novel was published earlier this year and has received mixed reviews. Though I liked it as I read, the story suffered from several plot holes that made parts of it unbelievable. I don’t think I’d do a good job if I should rewrite it, but I do wish the story had a stronger foundation.

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“The Sea of Monsters” and “The Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan

The Sea of MonstersAfter reading The Lightning Thief by audio book, I said I wouldn’t continue to reread the series in that form because I hate how it’s narrated, but I went back on my word. So, did I like it this time? No.

Quick summary:

The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse are the second and third books in Rick Riordan’s middle-grade fantasy, adventure series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

In The Sea of Monsters, our protagonist Percy has to rescue his best friend Grover, a satyr, when he goes missing. Percy decides to search for him in the Sea of Monsters, a.k.a the Bermuda Triangle, with his companions, Annabeth, a friend he made in the last book, and his cyclops brother, Tyson. Meanwhile, Luke and his boat of baddies are still up to no good in the name of Kronus.

The Titan’s Curse picks up with Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia, who popped out of a tree in the last book, on their way to check out some half-bloods Grover peeped at a military boarding school. With the help of the goddess Artemis and her band of hunters, Percy and his gang are able to rescue the half-bloods and get them safely to Camp Halfblood, but at the cost of Annabeth, who was lost in effort.

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