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Book Haul: March 2016

Oops I did it again. I bought too many books. I’ll never catch up. Ooh baby baby. Yeah, I know…I set new years resolution goals and I have failed miserably…but I mean, I just can’t resist a good deal! Hello, my name is Maria Casacalenda and I have a book buying problem.


NetGalley

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The Rattler

Author: Jason McNamara | Illustrator: Greg Hinkle | Publisher: Image Comics | Genre: Sequential Art, Graphic Novel, Horror | Release Date: March 29th 2016 | Format: NetGalley ARC | Page Count: 104 | ISBN: 9781632156556

10 years have passed since Stephen Thorn’s fiancee vanished without a trace, and he has grown into a prominent, if bitter, victim s rights crusader. Despite the cold trail and lack of leads, he stubbornly refuses to give up the search.  And then he begins to hear her voice in the strangest of places. Pursued by his own organization and questioning his sanity, Stephen embarks on a grisly journey to save his long-lost love. As he unravels the truth of her disappearance, the body count rises and Stephen finds himself ensnared in a trap that has been set for him long ago.

My Review


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Back To The Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines

Author: Multiple Authors | Illustrator: Multiple Illustrators | Publisher: IDW Publishing   | Genre: Sequential Art, Graphic Novel | Release Date: May 31st 2016 | Format: NetGalley ARC | Page Count: 120 | ISBN: 9781631405709

Back to the Future creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all-new tales from the twisting and turning timeline that made Back to the Future a, well… TIMELESS pop-culture phenomenon! Take a trip back to 1985 and be there when Doc Brown and Marty McFly first meet, and then jump even farther back, to 1945, to witness Doc’s involvement in the super-secret Manhattan Project.


ARCs

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Tuesday Nights in 1980

Author:  Molly Prentiss | Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Genre: Fiction, Contemporary | Release Date: April 5th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 336 | ISBN: 9781501121043

Welcome to SoHo at the onset of the eighties: a gritty, not-yet-gentrified playground for artists and writers looking to make it in the big city. Among them: James Bennett, a synesthetic art critic for The New York Times whose unlikely condition enables him to describe art in profound, magical ways, and Raul Engales, an exiled Argentinian painter running from his past and the Dirty War that has enveloped his country. As the two men ascend in the downtown arts scene, dual tragedies strike, and each is faced with a loss that acutely affects his relationship to life and to art. It is not until they are inadvertently brought together by Lucy Olliason—a small town beauty and Raul’s muse—and a young orphan boy sent mysteriously from Buenos Aires, that James and Raul are able to rediscover some semblance of what they’ve lost.


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Mannheim Rex

Author: Robert Pobi | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada | Genre: Horror, Thriller | Release Date: May 17th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 464 | ISBN: 9781451654936

After the sudden death of his wife, famous horror writer Gavin Corlie retreats from New York City to a secluded house on Lake Caldasac. But his new life in the country is far from idyllic, and when a thirteen-year-old wheelchair-bound boy named Finn Horn nearly drowns in the lake, Gavin discovers a startling secret: people in this peaceful lakeside community keep vanishing. Is the corrupt, drug-fuelled town sheriff to blame? Or is Finn’s account of a lake-dwelling leviathan more than a near-death hallucination? Racing against time and Mother Nature, Gavin and Finn embark on a quest to catch a nightmare beast. It’s survival of the fittest, and it isn’t long before the pair realizes that they might be out of their depth…and that the hunters may have become the hunted.


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I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Author: Iain Reid | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada | Genre: Mystery, Thriller | Release Date: June 14th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 224 | ISBN: 9781501103445

In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.


eBooks
*Harper Collin’s Kobo March Madness Sale*

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How To Build A Girl

Author: Caitlin Moran | Publisher: Harper | Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Feminism | Release Date: September 23rd 2014 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 368 | ISBN: N/A

What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself. It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit. By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?


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The School For Good & Evil

Author: Soman Chainani | Publisher: HarperCollins | Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy | Release Date: May 14th 2013 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 488 | ISBN: 9780062104892

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil. But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?


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The One & Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate | Publisher: HarperCollins | Genre: Middle Grade, Fiction | Release Date: January 17th 2012 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 307 | ISBN: 9780061992254

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman | Publisher: William Morrow | Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism | Release Date: June 18th 2013 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 181 | ISBN: N/A

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

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Reconstructing Amelia

Author: Kimberly McCreight | Publisher: Harper | Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller | Release Date: April 2nd 2013 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 337 | ISBN: 9780062225450

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating. Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who’s never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate’s faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.  Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:  She didn’t jump. Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day-and why she died.


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The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski | Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux | Genre: YA, Fantasy | Release Date: March 4th 2014 | Format: eBook | Page Count: 335 | ISBN: 9780374384685

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.  But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.


Chapters/Indigo
*store closing 50% off sale*

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books | Genre: YA, Paranormal | Release Date: November 6th 2014 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 407 | ISBN: 9781471122002

It had to end sometime, but Mara had no idea it would end like this. Experience the mind-blowing conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer trilogy. Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told. There is. She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.


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GONZO

Author: Hunter S. Thompson & Steven Crist | Publisher: Ammo Books | Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Photography | Release Date: December 1st 2006 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 240 | ISBN: 9780978607609

Gonzo is a tour de force that will take you into the world of American writer and iconoclast Hunter S. Thompson.


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Hipster Animals

Author: Dyna Moe | Publisher: Ten Speed Press | Genre: Humour | Release Date: September 22nd 2015 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 128 | ISBN: 9781607747925

An illustrated pocket guide to the hip characters populating “cool neighborhoods” across America, Hipster Animals helps readers identify these urban wildlife in their natural habitats. Including details on the creatures’ identifying characteristics, diets, mating behavior, and calls, this parody reference guide provides a snarky glimpse into the foreign—yet all too familiar—world of the trendsetters among us.


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Bone Gap

Author: Laura Ruby | Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Genre: YA Fantasy, Magical Realism | Release Date: March 3rd 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 373 | ISBN: N/A

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go. As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.


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Even When You Lie To Me

Author: Jessica Alcott | Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers | Genre: YA Contemporary | Release Date: June 9th 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 352 | ISBN: 9780385391160

Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom. But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her. She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush. In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.


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What We Saw

Author: Aaron Hartzler | Publisher: Harper Teen | Genre: YA Contemporary | Release Date: September 22nd 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 336 | ISBN: N/A

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids. But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?


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What We Left Behind

Author: Robin Talley | Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Genre: YA Contemporary | Release Date: October 27th 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 416 | ISBN: 9780373211753

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, theirs is bound to stay rock-solid. The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen won’t understand Toni’s new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?


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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

Author: Tania Del Rio | Illustrator: Will Staehle | Publisher: Quirk Books | Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy | Release Date:  | Format: November 24th 2015 | Page Count: 224 | ISBN: 9781594748035

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.


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The Familiar Vol.1

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski | Publisher: Pantheon | Genre: Fiction, Fantasy | Release Date: May 12th 2015 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 839 | ISBN: 9780375714948

From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted.


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Broken Monsters

Author: Lauren Beukes | Publisher: Mullholland Books | Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery | Release Date: September 16th 2014 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 442 | ISBN: 9780316216821

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.


*full price

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Half Lost (Half Bad #3)

Author: Sally Green | Publisher: Viking | Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy | Release Date: March 29th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 352 | ISBN: 9780670017140

This is the final battle. The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Brynn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.


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Archie, Vol.1

Author: Mark Waid | Illustrator: Fiona Staples | Publisher: Archie Comics | Genre: Comics, Sequential Art | Release Date: March 29th 2016 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 176 | ISBN: 9781627388672

America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.


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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Author: Patrick Suskind | Publisher: Vintage International | Genre: Fantasy, Classics | Release Date: February 13th 2001 (first published in 1985) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 225 | ISBN: 9780307277763

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.


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12 thoughts on “Book Haul: March 2016

  1. Okay,that really is a massive haul! I look forward to hearing more about them as you read them. And I wish I was your neighbour so I could borrow them afterward. How long will these last you?

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    1. Oh my gosh, these are going to last me a very long time! I’m a little intimidated by my bookshelves now 😐

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  2. What are with all these thriller novels where a novelist goes into the middle of nowhere to escape something? Man…..
    *buys all the books with this plot*
    I will be picking up Manheim Rex. That sounds awesome.

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