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Book Haul: April 2016

I don’t know how I manage to keep accumulating more books each month. I’ve told myself to take it easy on the book buying, but I clearly haven’t listened. Here is a list of the books I acquired during the month of April 2016!


Audiobooks

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The Fireman (pre-order)

Author: Joe Hill |  Publisher: HarperAudio | Genre: Fiction, Horror | Release Date: May 17th 2016 | Format: Audiobook | Length: 24 hours  | ISBN: 9780062443779

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child. Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged. In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.


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The Shining

Author: Stephen King | Publisher: Doubleday | Genre: Fiction, Horror | Release Date: June 24th 2008 (first published January 28th 1977) | Format: Audiobook | Length: 15 hrs & 45 mins | ISBN: 9780385528863

Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.


Book Outlet

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Into the Darkest Corner

Author: Elizabeth Haynes | Publisher: HarperCollins Canada | Genre: Thriller, Mystery | Release Date: May 28th 2012 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 397 | ISBN: 9781443413121

Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee’s impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover’s sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.


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Random

Author: Tom Leveen | Publisher: Simon Pulse | Genre: YA, Contemporary | Release Date: August 11th 2015  (first published August 12th 2014) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 240 | ISBN: 9781442499577

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line. He asks for a single thing—one reason not to kill himself. The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death. With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…


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The Nest

Author: Kenneth Oppel | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Genre: Middle Grade, Horror, Fantasy | Release Date: October 6th 2015 (first published September 29th 2015) | Format: Hardcover (Signed) | Page Count: 256 | ISBN: 9781481432320

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?


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Y: The Last Man Standing, Vol.1

Author: Brian K. Vaughan | Illustrator: Pia Guerra & Jose Marzan Jr. | Publisher: Vertigo | Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction | Release Date: January 2nd 2003 (first published January 1st 2003) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 126 | ISBN: 9781563899805

“Y” is none other than unemployed escape artist Yorick Brown (his father was a Shakespeare buff), and he’s seemingly the only male human left alive after a mysterious plague kills all Y-chromosome carriers on earth. But why are he and his faithful companion, the often testy male monkey Ampersand, still alive? He sets out to find the answer (and his girlfriend), while running from angry female Republicans (now running the government), Amazon wannabes that include his own sister (seemingly brainwashed), and other threats.


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Violent Ends

Author: Multiple YA Authors | Publisher: Simon Pulse | Genre: YA, Short Stories, Contemporary | Release Date: September 1st 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 338 | ISBN: 9781481437455

It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.  But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.  This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.


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Goodbye Stranger

Author: Rebecca Stead | Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books | Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary | Release Date: August 4, 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 304 | ISBN: 9780385743174

Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games—or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade? This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend? On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight?


 

Chapters/Indigo/Walmart

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Exit, Pursued by a  Bear

Author: E.K. Johnston | Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers | Genre: YA, Contemporary | Release Date: March 15th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 248 | ISBN: 9781101994580

Hermione Winters has been a flyer. She’s been captain of her cheerleading team. The envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. Now it’s her last year and those days and those labels are fading fast. In a few months she’ll be a different person. She thinks she’s ready for whatever comes next. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party, and in an instant she finds herself wearing new labels, ones she never imagined: Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend, and that may be the truest label of all.


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Paper Girls, Volume 1

Author: Brian K. Vaughan | Illustrator: Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson | Publisher: Image Comics | Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction | Release Date: April 5th 2016 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 144 | ISBN: 9781632156747

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.


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Where They Found Her

Author: Kimberly McCreight | Publisher: Harper Perennial | Genre: Mystery, Thriller | Release Date: April 19th 2016 (first published April 14th 2015) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 352 | ISBN: 9780062225474

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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Hot Dudes Reading

Author: Creators of @HotDudesReading | Publisher: Atria Books | Genre: Non-fiction, Humour | Release Date: April 26th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 208

Humans of New York meets Porn for Women in this collection of candid photos, clever captions, and hilarious hashtags about one of the most important subjects of our time: hot dudes reading. Based on the viral Instagram account of the same name, Hot Dudes Reading takes its readers on a ride through all five boroughs of New York City, with each section covering a different subway line. Using their expert photography skills (covert iPhone shots) and journalistic ethics (#NoKindles), the authors capture the most beautiful bibliophiles in all of New York—and take a few detours to interview some of the most popular hot dudes from the early days of the Instagram account. Fun, irreverent, and wittily-observed, this book is tailor-made for book lovers in search of their own happy endings—and those who just want to get lost between the covers for a while.


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Preacher, Book 1

Author: Garth Ennis | Illustrator: Steve Dillon | Publisher: Vertigo | Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror | Release Date: July 21st 2009 (first published 2009) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 352 | ISBN: 9781401222796

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.


ARCs

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Relativity

Author: Antonia Hayes | Publisher: Gallery Books | Genre: Fiction, Contemporary | Release Date: May 3rd 2016 (first published June 24th 2015) | Format: ARC | Page Count: 368 | ISBN: 9781501105074

Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open. Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness. Told from the alternating points of view of Ethan and each of his parents, Relativity is a poetic and soul-searing exploration of unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, the limits of science, and the magnitude of love.


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Garden Girls

Author: Lisa Jewell | Publisher: Atria Books | Genre: Mystery, Contemporary | Release Date:  June 7th 2016 (first published July 2nd 2015) | Format: ARC | Page Count: 320 | ISBN: 9781476792217

Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?


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All The Missing Girls

Author: Meghan Miranda | Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Genre: Thriller, Mystery | Release Date:  June 28th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 384

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.


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Lily and the Octopus

Author: Steven Rowley | Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Genre: Fiction, Animals | Release Date: June 7th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 320 | ISBN: 9781501126222

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart. When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.


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In A Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ruth Ware | Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press | Genre: Mystery, Thriller | Release Date: April 19th 2016 (first published 2015) | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 352 | ISBN: 9781501112331

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself. When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.


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Foxlowe

Author: Eleanor Wasserberg | Publisher: Fourth Estate | Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism | Release Date: June 2nd 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 240 | ISBN: 9780008164089

A chilling, compulsive debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal – and a utopian commune gone badly wrong. We were the Family, and Foxlowe was our home. There was me – my name is Green – and my little sister, Blue. There was October, who we called Toby, and Ellensia, Dylan, Liberty, Pet and Egg. There was Richard, of course, who was one of the Founders. And there was Freya. We were the Family, but we weren’t just an ordinary family. We were a new, better kind of family. We didn’t need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away. And we had Foxlowe, our home. Where we were free. There really was no reason for anyone to want to leave.


eBooks

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Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon | Publisher: Random House | Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance | Release Date: 2014 (first published June 1st 1991) | Format: eBook | Page Count: 550

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

9 thoughts on “Book Haul: April 2016

    1. Yay! I’m glad to hear that! I had heard about it a while back and I recently found it at Book Outlet for super cheap! I’m excited to pick it up! 🙂

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    1. I can’t wait to read The Fireman! Right? I never feel like I obtain as many books as I do until I write up one of these Haul posts haha!

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