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December 2018 Book Haul


I did so well NOT buying new books for the first half of 2018, but then something bad happened… I discovered Book Outlet.  Sure I had heard of it before, but I never allowed myself to check it out because I was scared it would be the death of my book buying self control.  I was right.  The second half of the year was a bit out of control in the book buying department.  I tried not to go too crazy buying books in December because of this.

Let’s see which books I purchased in December…


Book Haul

*I should have just titled this my “Book Outlet Haul” since these are all from Book Outlet.*

» Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by



Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

I’ve gone back and forth about giving this series a go since it first came out in 2016.  There are definitely some mixed reviews.  I’m also a little worried that the romance is going to be too central to the plot.  I guess we shall see how it goes.

» Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White



Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Now I Rise is the second book in the Conqueror’s Saga, a gender swap retelling of Vlad the Impaler.  I’ve already read this trilogy, but I only owned the first book, And I Darken.  When I saw Now I Rise on Book Outlet, I snatched up a copy.  Now I just need to wait for Book Outlet to get Bright We Burn.

» Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1) Nnedi Okorafor



Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

After reading Okorafor’s Binti series in 2018, I knew I wanted to read more of her work.  Akata Witch has been on my radar for a while.

» Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan



Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.

I love the concept for this series!  What happens to children after they come back from the fantasy worlds they visit?  I’ve seen lots of positive things about this series!  It also don’t hurt that the books are fairly short…

» Furthermore (Furthermore #1) by Tahereh Mafi



Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

I’ve heard this book is a little on the odd side, but I am usually drawn to odd & quirky books, so I might actually really enjoy this one.

» Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young



Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

You had me at Vikings.


Which books did you buy in December?

Have you read any of the books I bought?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

16 thoughts on “December 2018 Book Haul”

  1. Wonderful haul! The only reason I can resist Book Outlet is because the shipping to other countries is very expensive. 😉 I can highly recommend Every Heart A Doorway, Sky In The Deep and Rebel Of The Sands! Furthermore is pretty good as well… And it’s always great having a physical copy of a book you loved (you reminded me I still need to get a copy of Bright We Burn…)

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    1. Yay! So happy to see you recommend so many of the books I bought!

      Ugh international shipping is the worst! I’m sorry you can’t take advantage of the book outlet’s low prices, BUT consider yourself lucky that you won’t spend all your money on that site every month lol

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      1. Yes, it’s on there. I was sad I didn’t enjoy it too! I thought it’d be perfect for me.

        I’ve read all 3 and will definitely be getting the 4th this month when it comes out. I think Down Among the Sticks and Bones is my current favorite.

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  2. I bought Now I Rise recently, too! I’m so excited to give it a go. I loved And I Darken. You picked up some really fantastic titles and a lot that I’m intrigued by as well. I’m totally swooning over the cover for Furthermore and Rebel of the Sands for the rest of my life.

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  3. I read and loved Furthermore, and I think you’ll like it too. Imagine Alice in Wonderland meets The Phantom Tollbooth with a bit of fairy tale tossed in. It’s odd for those who are not expecting the sequencial, fantastical format. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Every Heart a Doorway is on one of my book club lists for this year. I couldn’t be more excited you have a copy, too! I look forward to us chatting about it. Speaking of! I finalized my dates for visiting Ohio next; March 8-11. Shall we read Fried Green Tomatoes, or another book? 😉

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    1. I did know that you enjoyed Furthermore, which is why I decided to go ahead and purchase it because I’ve had my eye on it for a long time. Fingers crossed!

      Every Heart a Doorway was an okay read for me. I think you will agree when you read it BUT there are some good things going for it. I found the children & the worlds they come from fascinating, so I do want to give the second book a go. I’ll be interested in seeing what you think when you read it!

      And you have a deal for Fried Green Tomatoes! I just requested it from the library.


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