Christmas Book Haul • Books To Read In January

As an adult, I don’t get as much for Christmas as I used to, but I still received some great books from family and friends that I’m really looking forward to reading this January.

I mentioned to my friend that I wanted book 1 in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone, and it turned out she was my Secret Santa so I finally got my hands on it. My luck is never usually that good! I half-expected to get a generic shower and body set, but this is infinitely better!

My mammy got me The Spire (which I’ve wanted for months!) and Paper Girls 2, which she got for a great discount off Book Depository (a fantastic site to buy books), and another friend of mine got me The Legend of Eli Monpress from eBay. Unfortunately, it’s a little damaged even though he paid for a version supposedly in excellent condition so he’s going to try and get his money back. I don’t mind about some damage as long as I get to read it, so no worries on my end!

christmas book haul

I got Flashfall from December’s Fairy Loot and it looks right up my street. It’s nice to have a TBR list for every month during my book challenge as it gives the year a bit more structure. For 2017, I’ve dropped my goal a little and I’m aiming to read 30 books; I’m absolutely positive I’ll reach it, and if I exceed it then all the better.

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer 

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

The Spire by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely 

The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises out of the middle of the desert, containing a vast city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, and home to over a million human and non-human residents. Sha, the last of the Medusi, is responsible for keeping watch over them as Commander of the City Watch, despite the fact she isn’t shown any respect due to her race. When a string of grisly murders is committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Sha will have to find the serial killer and bring them to justice. But the new Baroness has a deep hatred of non-humans, and Sha will have more than one enemy at her back.

The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron 

Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief.

But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while.
Like a king.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Paper Girls 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The smash-hit series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues with a bold new direction, as intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future…the year 2016.

All blurbs from Goodreads! 

What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Fairyloot Unboxing December 2016 • Sci-Fi Adventure

As you probably know, I’m a big fan of Fairy Loot, and even though I’ve only received two boxes total, I would still heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a quality bookscription box. Unfortunately, I don’t have the spare funds to buy it every month, but hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to subscribe again. For now, however, I’ll be pining from afar.

fairy loot december

I received December’s box a couple of weeks ago but didn’t take the time to put up any information on it (my bad!), which is a shame as I filmed a video on November’s Royals And Rogues box, which you can find on my YouTube channel.

This month’s theme was Sci-Fi Adventure and I really enjoyed the contents! I’m not hugely keen on receiving Pop Funkos in boxes because a lot of the bigger boxes all have that and they just seem very similar to me; there’s so little that’s unique about them anymore and quality takes a nose dive. I don’t want that to happen to Fairy Loot, but I think it was a one-time thing for Christmas and the release of Rogue One.

fairy loot december

I got a Stormtrooper (although I would’ve LOVED C-3P0) and I’ll count my lucky stars I didn’t get Rey (as I accidentally have two of her!) He now sits proudly on top of my vanity table, guarding my makeup from any rebels looking to steal setting powder.

I also received Kryptonite bath powder from Geeky Clean. I actually got the October horror box from GC and loved it. It’s cruelty free (and vegan!) and the company has a huge range of sweet smelling wonders. Apparently the kryptonite smells like cupcakes but unfortunately it can’t weaken Superman. You’ll have to get REAL kryptonite for that!

I also got a pair of galaxy socks which are very cute, although I think they’re made of polyester which isn’t the most feet-friendly material. However, they’re nice to look at and lounge around in on a cold day! They’re exclusive to Fairy Loot as well, which is nice.

The Starbound trilogy makes an appearance in this box (which unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to read yet!) in the form of an exclusive watercolour bookmark by Lexy Olivia. Also included are art prints and buttons which were designed exclusively for the box by Taratjah. One of the prints features the boys from the Lunar Chronicles and the buttons feature Darrow and Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy.

fairy loot december

Bonus items include a sampler for Way Down Dark (which, to be honest, I’m not remotely interested in) a Red Rising art print and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet art print as well. The people who put the box together also included a Christmas postcard, which was a cute touch. It’s nice to see the faces behind the business.

Finally, the book is a blend of sci-fi and rebellion. Flashfall by Jenny Moyer is the first in a new series that apparently features strong characters and is set in a unique world. Let’s hope that promise is fulfilled! It came with a signed bookplate, letter and bookmark from the author, of course.

I’m excited to get stuck in and hopefully add Flashfall to my new #30kbookchallenge for 2017. Here’s hoping it’s a good one! I’ll be sure to post a review whenever I’m finished.

I hope everyone had a wonderful new year!