Friday, September 30, 2016

September Book Haul | The eBooks and ARCs

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m sharing with you the second part of my September book haul, which comprises the eBooks I’ve purchased on my Kindle and the ARCs that have been given to me by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

You can check out the first part of my September book haul here.

First, let’s talk about the ARCs, because they’re the majority of this book haul. I received a total of 10 ARCs and 2 eSamplers from NetGalley:

1.- Kill The Father, by Sandrone Dazieri: original title: Uccidi il padre. This is an Italian mystery thriller set in Rome, about two people with dark pasts that team up to solve a series of killings and abductions. I’ve read many excellent reviews about this book on Goodreads and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

2.- In The Blue Hour, by Elizabeth Hall: this novel is about a woman, Elise Brooks, who dreams of a car accident on an icy road. Weeks later, her husband, Michael, is killed in just such a crash. Elise, overcome with grief and uncertainty, believes Michael’s spirit may be following her in the form of a raven, trying to tell her something from beyond the grave. There are no reviews about this book on Goodreads, but the blurb really called my attention.

3.- The Glitch, by Ramona Finn: this is the first book of The Glitches series, and it’s set in a post-apocalyptic world. In this world, the Glitches are imperfect human components of the utopian Norm, and that’s exactly what our MC, Lib, is: a Glitch. This book gave me a bit of a Red Queen vibe, for some reason.

4.- Dark Before Dawn, by Monica McGurk: this is the third and last book of The Archangel Prophecies trilogy. I haven’t read books one and two of this trilogy, but I’ve heard that this book is easy to follow, so I guess I won’t have any major problems while reading it. Dark Before Dawn is a paranormal fantasy about disguised Fallen Angels and Dark Forces living in the human world.

5.- The Light Fantastic, by Sarah Combs: this book is described as being a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink—and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption. We follow the morning of seven characters, only four days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The characters, who are students and teachers, are also part of an assassins’ group, and they’re planning to go to their schools and go on a shooting. These topics could be a trigger for some people, so if you don’t feel comfortable with reading about bombings and shootings, I don’t recommend this book to you.

6 & 7.- Hands Up, Miss Seeton and Miss Seeton by Moonlight, by Hamilton Crane (pseudonym): these books, written by Sarah J. Mason under the pseudonym of Hamilton Crane, are the 11th and 12th books on the Miss Seeton series. They follow the life Miss Emily Seeton, an umbrella-obsessed retired art teacher with the talent of getting in trouble by mistake.

8.- Clancy of the Undertow, by Christopher Currie: it’s an insightful novel about growing up and figuring out who you are. It follows the everything-but-normal life of Clancy, an Australian teenager who’s a bit of an outsider. As the story unfolds, we get to see how Clancy deals with her moderately dysfunctional family, the town’s reaction to her dad’s car accident (which resulted in the killing of two teenagers), and her major crush on the local hot girl.

9.- The 24 Days of Christmas, by Linda Lael Miller: this holiday novel is only 50 pages long, and I’ve read it gets a bit – too – cheesy in some parts. But I think it will be a nice, short read for this Christmas season. This story is about rekindling lost love, blended families, and the Christmas spirit. Definitely a good addition to my holiday TBR pile.

10.- The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue: this book is about an English nurse, who is brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months. Lib Wright, the nurse, soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life. This book deals with topics such as mental health issues, child abuse, and religion.

The eSamplers I received were:

Now, let’s get on with the ebooks I purchased on my Kindle:

1.- Malevolent, by Jana DeLeon: From New York Times bestselling author Jana DeLeon, the first in a new thriller series.
Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye.
Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night the police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.
And maybe someday, answers for herself.
Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma… Playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind.
To kill Emma.

2.- Once Gone, by Blake Pierce: Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, as fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.
Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

And these are all the eBooks and ARCs I got this past month. I’m really looking forward to reading some of them, especially The Wonder, Clancy of the Undertow, and The Light Fantastic.

Have you got any ebooks this month?
Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

Lots of Love,



  1. ARC De Triumph, anyone? hahahah pun, pun, pun? Oh, boy...
    Make sure you don't burn your eyelids as you read through that sea of ARC's (get it, sea of arcs?... as in arks? that sail on seas?... why am I like this?)

    Those books you purchased sound really cool! Mainly the first one, Malevolent. It creeps me out a bit, as usual, but sounds like an interesting plot to follow with tons and tons of mystery and detectivesque clues. Will you be submitting reviews on those as well?

    I hope you're enjoying your break from uni!!

    Take care,

    1. I'll be honest with you: I LOVE your comments! They're so cheerful and the puns make my day! I'll be careful not to burn my eyelids while reading through this sea of ARC's *laughs*

      I'll let you know my thoughts on Malevolent as soon as I finish reading it! I hope to get to it by the end of the month. And, yes, I'll be posting reviews on these books as well :)

      Take care!